Everyone Needs Their Own Spot

...that's a quote by Robert Whalem.

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Last fall I was invited by Jo Packham to write about my creative space for her magazine, Where Women Create. She had mentioned that she wanted to feature me in the magazine earlier in the year shortly after I met her.

It was so unexpected I just thought that her idea of featuring me in the magazine was just that, an idea…and I was obviously more than flattered. After all, I had her original book, Where Women Create sitting on my book shelf for several years already and had poured through those pages secretly wishing to be “discovered” by Jo. To have met her and for her to have been intrigued to say this to me was good enough {for a little while…}.

Then when she wrote to me with the deadline for the article and photography, her idea like many of them I am sure, was soon to become a reality. And I got busy.

 This article was different than any I have written for Stampington’s magazines or for that matter, here on my blog ~ it was much more autobiographical. I was not simply writing about something I had created with my hands, photographed, or experienced and telling about it.

This piece became a story about why I do what I do and an open public invitation into my private creative haven.

For those of you who read the magazine this article gives you a peek into the spaces in which I work on all my projects and ideas. You get to know a little more about me ~ now you know a bit of my history.

A bonus of this issue is that the art retreat my good friend Jennifer Hayslip hosted in Savannah last Spring graces this magazine, as well.

It was at that time in Savannah that I met Jo Packham {and asked her to sign my book}.

I am so pleased to be a part of Jenn’s next art retreat she is hosting in Asheville, North Carolina in the fall of this year. I am proud to be one of the sponsors of Once Upon A Dream; looking forward to selling my creations at the vendor welcome night party; and participating as an art student in the classes in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Who knows who I will meet this time!

I am grateful for this recognition and so appreciative to Jo and Amanda Crabtree at WWC. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of this magazine and putting together a beautiful feature of my creative spot.

All of you may get your own copy of the Summer 2011 issue of Where Women Create when it hits news stands on May 1st. Happy summer reading!

Ciao amici,