Hello ya'll and welcome to the FIRST POST on our FIRST BLOG! Both Ashton and myself would like to take a minute and thank you for stopping by, checking out our site, and having the patience to read this far ( I hope you keep going!). We also hope you stick with us on this exciting new blog journey, as we have lots of thoughts, tutorials, eventual giveaways, recipes, artists spotlights, studio playlists and lovely fiber images to share! Your in for a real treat! Spoiler alert-this will most likely be one of the longer posts we will write, we just have a lot of things we want to share with you about us! Remember--we are all in a committed relationship now and we certainly hope we will get to know YOU as well.
As you can probably already guess, we both have a strange obsession with the moon. If you read in our about page, you can get a deeper and more clear understanding of our relationship with the moon goddess. But on this particular, and most special post, I want to share with ya'll the meaning of this new moon, for me, Claire.
What a long and strange trip it has truly been this year. For the better part of 2014, Ashton and I have been working on a community arts project called The Quilt Story Exchange. Our project (which was also my MFA thesis) sought to strengthen communities with fiber arts. We created workshops that were housed in drug recovery centers, faith-based centers, bereavement support centers and halfway homes. Working with mostly women, we created healing circles where honest and open dialogue and storytelling was celebrated while we as a group worked on collaborative quilts.
At each organization we worked at, week by week, we created extraordinary quilts that expressed the human experience. The quilts were about hope, loss, regret, recovery, rebirth, confusion, joy. Our last leg of The Quilt Story Exchange was a final exhibition called Push: Connecting Communities. The quilts were displayed, community members, participants, art students, teachers and politicians came. It was a moment of happiness and sadness as the project came to a close. The quilts are now permanently installed in the organizations they were created in. Our process is very circular, like a full moon; our process has a start and finish, yet it can be remained, reconfigured and repeated.
So getting back on track about what I mean by "New Phase" and what this new moon is all about here. The day Quilt Story Exchange came to an end, the day I graduated from a rigorous and soul-draining MFA program, the day I was surrounded by friends and family; was the new moon. How fantastic is that!? It seemed like the perfect sign that it was truly time to move on, start anew, begin again. As someone who is very anxious and nervous when big changes happen, I made a pact with myself to embrace the unknown future and to dive into my passions. As a result, Ashton and I decided like there was no better time to launch our new brand, Wax & Wane. We want to commit to this blog, this brand, our products and our workshops. We hope you commit and believe in us too.
Here's to many happy years together.
Posted on a waxing gibbous.