Saturday, May 23, 2015

may this dress reminds us all we deserve the best!!! XXXX

Be strong enough to let go 
and patient enough to 
wait for what you deserve.

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Friday, May 22, 2015

may this dress bring us single-mindedness and determination . . .


Just go out there and do 
what you have to do.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

a friendly reminder when you are having one of those days;

 breathe . . . deeply . . . repeat . . . 


“I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. 
Some come from ahead, others come from behind. 
But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready, you see. 
Now my troubles are going to have trouble with me.”
Dr. Seuss 


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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

may this dress reveal our keenest perceptions . . .


‘Work is a world apart from jobs. 
Work is the way you occupy your mind and hand and eye and whole body when they’re informed by your imagination and wit, 
by your keenest perceptions, by your most profound perceptions on everything you’ve read and seen and heard and been a part of. 
You may or may not be paid to do your work.” ” 
Alice Koller, The Stations of Solitude.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

may this dress help us to THINK!!!! and remind us the wonders of asking . . .

As my girls are in the throws of standardized testing & I am watching as any sense of curiosity or wonder is being strangled in their classrooms, I find this Tedtalks SO timely, pertinent and inspiring. ‪#‎TedTalkTuesday‬
'wisdom begins in wonder.' socrates

Learning is the new skill. 
Imagination, creation and 
asking new questions are at its core.


In most schools, we measure children on what they know. By and large, they have to memorize the content of whatever test is coming up. Because measuring the results of rote learning is easy, rote prevails. What kids know is just not important in comparison with whether they can think.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

may this dress help us to pursue the things that we love . . .


“You can only become truly accomplished 
at something you love. 
Don’t make money your goal. 
Instead pursue the things you love doing 
and then do them so well 
that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”
maya angelou

photo credit: Cathy Taylor
taken during my presentation at Wake up and Smell the Poetry,
where I got to talk about something that I LOVE!!!! my 'dressproject'!!! 
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Friday, May 15, 2015

May these dresses remind us of our passions!!!!



“The things you are passionate about are not random, 
they are your calling.” 
Fabienne Fredrickson


in case you have missed the announcements :)
tomorrow I am one of the presenters at 

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

may this dress remind us to have fun, be crazy, be weird!!! xxx

'new york diner dress' (2006) mustard on plate
“Live life fully while you're here. 
Experience everything. 
Take care of yourself and your friends. 
Have fun, be crazy, be weird. 
Go out and screw up! You're going to anyway, 
so you might as well enjoy the process. 
Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes: 
find the cause of your problem and eliminate it. 

Don't try to be perfect; 
just be an excellent example of being human.” 


this morning I need to focus on my presentation that I am giving in 48 hours!! 
So I figured I would post a quote about FOCUS 
(needless to say, not one of my strong points)
however, as I was combing thru my treasure trove of quotes I saw this quote & I  KNEW that this was the quote of the day.  and it is interesting because this quote basically epitomize much of the 'dressproject' 
(the subject of the afore mentioned presentation)!!!
being authentic, living with passion, 
NOT being perfect, taking care of yourself, 
having FUN & being WEIRD!!
so in a way, I AM working on my lecture!! and there's more . . .

another parallel with today's dailydress inspiration 'experience' and the 'dressproject' is how I started out with one idea/theme but then changed my preconceived idea when I discovered this quote which spoke to my heart.

this happened during the first week of the 'dressproject', when I was at Wells Beach and making a dress on the sand for seven days.  Each morning I would head out to the beach with an idea of what kind of dress I would make for that day, what materials, what size . . .  but every time!!! a different material would call my name leading me to an entirely different 'dress' than I had planed!!! 

This volte-face is a regular occurrence for me and the 'dressproject'.  And it is this consistent experience of changing direction which underlines, for me, that I am more the conduit of this project, the dress energy . . . I am open and wired to this 'invitation' to create via this particular image and willing to make a change when it is presented to me. 

Of course as I am writing this I am thinking this openness and willingness to change course/theme in a blink of an eye MAY BE the reason focus is not one of my strengths!!

hmmmmm . . . . boy do I love thinking and pondering how some much of our lives and our purposes are interwoven and connected!! 
Now back to my 20 MINUTE* lecture
*20 minutes is VERY short for one who can't focus :)

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

may this dress excite and inspire . . .

'fecund . . .' enamel on discarded window
"Decide what you love, what excites and inspires,
then make that your purpose 
and watch what transpires." 



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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

may this dress, and TedTalk, help us to see our challenges as 'magnificent gifts'!!!!


I suggest that you get some kleenix handy before watching this most inspirational talk!!! 

"Instead of looking at our challenges and limitations as something negative or bad, we can begin to look at them as blessings, magnificent gifts that can be used to ignite our imaginations and help us go further than we ever knew we could go."



This is the most inspiring talk that I have heard. I didn't know who Amy Purdy was or her story until this TEDTalk so I was truly blown away.  I find this woman inspiring and amazing!! I hope you do as well!!
peace, va 

** featured dress:  'torqued & tethered . . .' (2013)
shown here exhibited @ fountain street fine art



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