Wednesday, 17 August 2011

The Beginning of a Blog, the Middle of a Conversation

This blog has come about as the result of an ongoing conversation between me ( Diane) and Helen. We started our conversation years ago now (4 years for sure, maybe 5?) when we discovered each other's blogs in which we each talked about our obsession with fiber art, our careers as lawyers, our love of reading, and a host of other surprisingly similar views on things. One of the results of that connection was our involvement, with 10 other fiber art friends, in the Twelve by Twelve International Art Quilt Challenge. That has led to tons more emails and Skype conversations and even vacations together involving our respective families. Through all of those interactions, we have continued the ongoing dialogue about who we are as artists, what we want to be, approaches we are trying, explorations we want to pursue, and more.

So recently, when I was with Helen in England for the exhibition of the Twelve by Twelve quilts at the Festival of Quilts, we sat over tea and cake and wished we could share our ideas over tea every afternoon. And then we had a brilliant idea: we'd start a joint blog to carry on our conversation. Hence "Tea and Talk for Two."

Our goal is to use this space, about once a week, to share what we are thinking and doing in our fiber art. We 're hoping that we'll spur each other on and inspire each other and maybe even make ourselves more accountable for doing something beyond just talking about fiber art. And we're doing it in blogland with the thought that others might find their way here and listen in and be inspired too -- and might even contribute comments from time to time. I warn you now: we don't have topical restrictions on our conversation and it's likely to range far and wide (although we don't intend to talk about what we had for dinner last night or what our families are doing or what is growing in the garden or in the back of the vegetable bin).

So here we go. Pull up a chair and have a cup of tea.

5 comments:

Karen said...

You to have such a natural, easy going friendship, i'm looking forward to following this new blog.

Rosemary@semo.net said...

What you are doing seems like the essence of an inspired friendship. I'll be reading, and perhaps occasionally comment. Carry on.

Anglers Rest said...

By chance I had just sat down with a cup of tea and then came across your blog.....

rayna said...

Only once a week? Waaaaaaah! Ok, I started at the most recent but now I'm going bottom-up. Or bottoms-up, as I will save this for the cocktail hour instead of tea time.

Leigh said...

I shall look forward to overhearing from the blog table next to you. :)