On A Desert Island, Maybe

A Twenty Minutes poem.

On a Desert Island, Maybe

Listens to the boss talking on and on
as the meeting goes on and on
Imagines not sitting at this table
on and on
but drinking coffee
somewhere else
just sitting and

“Best View on the Island” – fabric wall hanging


20 thoughts on “On A Desert Island, Maybe

  1. One great thing about freelancing was avoiding most of those meetings!
    I was going to say the illustration looks like a quilt; is it? You have hidden talents! although now revealed…(K)

  2. Yes, before I did collage, during the 90’s, I did fabric collage, as I called them, because they were not layered, really applique only. I probably made several hundred (many quite small) before I switched to collage in about 2000. It’s the first medium I ever worked in.

  3. You seem to have always been prolific! What happened to them?
    I was going to say I’ve never made hundreds of anything, but I just gave away hundreds of knit sample swatches…of course they were made for my reps to sell, and I in fact made thousands over the course of 30 years.

  4. Fabric collage too! You are incredibly mulit-talented.

    Your poem took me back to my teaching days. As well as being an English teacher, I was head of department, head of faculty, and had responsibility for whole school literacy. That all added up to a lot of meetings every week. Most were interminable. Allowing my mind to wander was an act of mental self-preservation.

  5. Yes, I work pretty fast and many of the pieces were small, 8×10, 12 x 12, so on. I sold pretty much all of them, way back when. Then one day I said, I’m done with sewing and that was that.

    Hundreds of knit sample swatches. Wow! Did you design patterns? Write books? Create custom knit garments?

  6. Yes, fabric was what my first art attempts were done in. Long time ago, in the 90’s.

    Ugh. Your schedule sounds horrifyingly meeting oriented. Each one sucking a little more life out of your head. I don’t know why people think meetings are so great. I think it’s that team orientation thing society has going on these days. I’d rather work alone any time.

  7. I worked as a knit designer for many years…that’s how I met Nina, she was a print designer for one company where I was designing knits. I started freelancing when my oldest daughter (now 30) was born, and had reps selling my designs on commission. The ones that didn’t sell, that’s what I had in boxes and boxes. I recently cleaned out and gave most of them to my last rep, and saved just a few for dolls or whatever.
    I have never managed to find any buyers for my artwork, so I admire your success!

  8. Wow, what a wonderful career. I knit myself, since age 8. I can make sweaters, etc. But – I follow a pattern and get lost if I don’t, so – I may be indebted to you, who knows!

    I have sold my work for maybe 20 years. I am a veteran of the street fair life. It’s worked out well for me. I can reliably sell, it’s up to me and my efforts rather than depending on others, and I talk to buyers, which I like.

    You never know, with the internet now, there are a lot of avenues that there didn’t used to be for selling, you may find it’s a way you want to go? Put me on your mailing list if you do. Please!

  9. I always wonder why meetings so often are scheduled in just that kind of situation but the workday demands have to be met, too. Ugh, I’m glad I’m a one-man band now.

  10. If only I could get focused or organized enough! At the moment, it seems the best I can do is get through my normal activities of the day with a little time for making art. Starting the blog with Nina has definitely helped with that.

  11. Yes, I feel the blog has given a focus to my art activities, too. I do many less shows now than I did and I’ve quit trying to make art to sell, just make art, so the blog has become very important in communicating with people and artists ! And it organizes my thoughts, what a benefit that is!

  12. Gorgeous wall hanging. I can see how that would be very distracting to have in a meeting room. Now I’m thinking about conference room art – who makes it and do they intend for it to end up where it won’t distract people?

  13. Many years ago I was on a committee to choose art for our new offices. We went to a “designer” and looked through a portfolio. It was full of really dull things. And our office ended up looking like someone chose the art by lottery – it ended up each person seemed to pick one or two things and our tastes were not alike. Not a pleasing result, although one I chose did end up in the conference room which gave me something to look at during endless meetings…

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