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A Meaningful Life

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As someone in my early 20′s in 2013 it’s easy to feel under-valued and taken advantage of, as the opportunities of our American landscape slowly fade.

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minimum Wage Machine by Blake Fall-Conroy.

Our options seem to be the service industry, unpaid internships, or the military – and if you want to roll the dice, go to college —- just be damn sure you’ve got a marketable degree!

Our generation is looked down on for our low test scores and our failing to become financially independent, traits  that are attributed to us being lazy and spoiled.

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Photo by john hanson.

But every generation has gifts, and as the infrastructure of the American Dream crumbles, we have the opportunity to rethink what truly makes a meaningful life.

“It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power”
~Alan Cohen 

With DIY culture and the trends of new-domesticity like urban gardening, crafting, home-brewing, fermenting, homeschooling – etc., we are building our meaningful lives from scratch. We are not trying to go back in time – but rather learn what we need to nurture ourselves and our community.

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Art by lizzy stewart.

I want a meaningful life — and I don’t know what that looks like yet, but I think it has more to do with freedom than power.

Quilt Progress

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I finished my quilt top! All Hand- Sewn!  I completely love it – but am a little nervous about the next steps…

A couple days ago, my sister Pearl came over and took some photos of me in my room.

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Photo by Pearl Beerhorst.

I had a studio space for a while last year, but it made me realize I honestly really like working out of my bedroom.

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Photo by Pearl Beerhorst.

I’ve been messing around with other quilt motifs – like log cabin.

To see more photos checkout Pearl’s Flickr.

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Also visit Pearl’s Etsy:  pearlsroom.etsy.com. She has been making some beautiful pins that I am crazy about!

Brave Hand Textiles FaceBook Page!

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Brave Hand Textiles is now on Facebook! Please like and share with your friends.

May Quilting

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I have been obsessed with quilts for a while now…  But I recently started my first patchwork quilt, sewing it all by hand, which might have been an odd choice – but it allows me to watch movies/TV shows at the same time so….

During my time working on my 2011 ArtPrize Project “PatchWork” — a curated mending as art collection, I was doing a lot of research on the history of mending and patchwork, and some of the best and most intriguing documentation I found was on Quilting.

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Here are a couple of books I recommend on the subject.

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Quilt by Ella Mae Irby, 1923-2001.

The tradition of quilting is uniquely important among needle crafts. We are born in quilts and we die in quilts, they provide warmth, comfort, and safety thoughout our lives.

I was invited to be a part of the Shared Space Studio summer artist residency by the contemporary quilt and textile artist is Eliza Fernand. Checkout her work in her current Kickstarter project.

I am really looking forward to collaborating with her!

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Another quilter I am really into right now is Maura Grace Ambrose and her brand Folk Fibers. Each of her quilts is stitched by hand and she dyes a lot of her fabric herself, using homegrown and foraged plants.

Front-Page-Scrap-Flag-Quilt_grandeQuilt by Maura Grace Ambrose.

For MUCH more quilt inspiration checkout my Pinterest board Quiltz.

My New Shop Name And Logo

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I’ve been using SockMonster as my logo/brand for 9 years (since I was 12) it served me well but as my work changed it no longer fit.. I chose Brave Hand Textiles as my new name! Changing my etsy to bravehandtextiles.etsy.com.

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It took me a long time to think of a name that felt right, I wanted to use the word brave because it’s one of my favorite words and bravery is something I want my work to be associated with, Hand because my work is all hand-made, and Textiles because I am a textile artist. My Dad Rick Beerhorst created my new logo which I really love!

This marks a new beginning for me please let me know what you think.

 

April Quilting

It’s been raining for like 3 straight weeks! So I’ve been forced to spend a lot of time indoors…

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Yesterday I spend the evening sewing quilting squares and watching Carnivale on HBO, the costume design on that show is so beautiful!

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I’m really looking forward to being able to spend more time outdoors – but there’s a certain comfort to taking your time on a slow project.

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Although I’ve had a working sewing machine for a while now, I just can’t shake the habit of sewing by hand. It has remained one of my favorite pastimes.

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