Thursday, December 20, 2018

Support Write Around Portland with Art

 Spinning with Write Around Portland

This fall, it was my pleasure to facilitate another 10-week writing workshop with Write Around Portland (

If you're not familiar with this organization and the fabulous women who run it, Write Around is an amazing Portland nonprofit that offers free 10-week workshops facilitated by volunteers like me in prisons, affordable housing, schools, and hospitals, among other places, and then publishes every participating writer at the end of the workshop in an awesome anthology. 

If you're looking for a new organization to support / fall in love with, I can't say enough good things about Write Around. Visit their site to learn more and discover what makes their mission so unique and special.

After every session this fall, I wondered what I could do more to help spread the word about Write Around and support their awesome mission of respect, writing, and community.

So this year, I created a series of nine new "charity" mobiles - with 25% of the proceeds going to all the truly life-changing work the people at Write Around do. As of today, four of the mobiles have sold and five are still looking for new homes. 

Whether you purchase a mobile or not, I invite you to consider supporting Write Around continue their mission to use writing as "a powerful tool for individual and societal transformation, self-expression, healing and the realization of the dignity of one’s self and others."

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Here are the five remaining mobiles with links to Etsy (sorry for the poor picture quality):

Monday, July 30, 2018

Writing Down the Bones - Hanging Art Mobile Inspired by Natalie Goldberg

As the ninth mobile in my new series, writing down the bones is inspired by the words and book of the same name by author Natalie Goldberg. 

She writes: “In the middle of the world, make one positive step. In the center of chaos, make one definitive act. Just write. Say yes, stay alive, be awake. Just write. Just write. Just write. Just write.”

No matter the medium – pen or paper or metal and wire – say yes, stay alive, be awake, and just write

write your heart, 
write your fears, 
write your love, 
write your breath, 
write your dreams,
write your joy,
write your truth. 

Just write. Just write. Just write. Just write.

How to Make a Mobile - 5 Tips for Cutting Blades

In today's video mobile-making tip, you’ll score 5 tips for cutting metal blades … without ripples, ridges, puckers, bends, or dents.

Each of these tips is easy to follow, but the key to cutting out “wrinkle-free” blades is practice, practice, practice.

Cheers and keep on making art that moves!

Got a mobile-making question?
 Feel free to shoot me a message, then keep tuned to see your questions answered here.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Fletch - New All-Metal Mobile


fletch is the eighth mobile in my new all-metal series.

Did you know those feathers on old-school arrows are called “fletching”? Fletching is meant to help stabilize an arrow in flight as well as increase accuracy. Without fletching, sometimes even the straightest arrows will not hit their mark, tumbling during flight.

As I made this mobile, the idea emerged that some of life’s biggest targets – goals, intentions, desires – might need more fletching; that one set of feathers is not enough.

Perhaps, for those really important life foci, multiple sets of fletching are required for extra stability, better accuracy, and more staying power in flight. This may be especially true when your trajectory steps outside the norm, when you’re looking for more from yourself and your own flight, when outside forces challenge your progress, and when you know your intention, your way, is worthy.

The mobile’s three bottom blades represent that extra fletching while the top blade symbolizes the worthwhile target.

Interested? I am excited to share this original 1-of-1 mobile with you. Head to Etsy to grab it while it lasts and see other one-of-a-kind mobiles from this 2018 series, first come, first spun.

*25% of the profits from the series will go to Write AroundPortland, one of my favorite organizations here in Portland.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Spiral - Life Lessons from a Hanging Art Mobile


Why is it that when we hear the word “spiral” associated with emotion or life’s journey, words like “out of control” and “downward” tend to emerge? Can you think of times when spiral is connected to the positive? Spiral is defined as “winding in a continuous and gradually widening (or tightening) curve.” Where’s the negative valence here?

spiral is the seventh mobile in my new unpainted series. Knocked down to its bare essentials, three wires and one small spherical blade, spiral attempts to visually simplify the cyclical, yet progressive reality of living without assigning emotional valence to it.

As a teacher, spirals embody openness – whether expanding or retreating in size. Moving toward and away from a central axis, spirals model our own potential to move within or outwardly depending on where we are in our lives and our awareness of what actions are needed to will best be in service of our selves and others.

Interested? I am excited to share this original 1-of-1 mobile with you. Head to Etsy to grab it while it lasts and see other one-of-a-kind mobiles from this 2018 series, first come, first spun.

*25% of the profits from the series will go to Write Around Portland, one of my favorite organizations here in Portland.