Friday, June 10, 2011

The Principles of Uncertainty

gunnera leaf rubbing on cotton bed sheet, waxed.

I have heard from Middlesex University and they have indicated that they are looking into ways to ensure that we do graduate. Something positive will come from this. Thanks v much for the encouraging emails and comments. I am OK. I noticed my own old work yesterday when I wrote that post. Those giant leaf rubbings were first made in 2007, then in 2009 I painted them with hot wax. Stumbling, taking risks, I don't know where these are going, or if they're going anywhere at all.

I've also been re-reading The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman, a most excellent graphic masterpiece. I keep it at the cottage and read it every year around this time.

Step, step, step.
How are we all so brave as to take step after step?
Day after day?
How are we so optimistic, so careful not to trip and yet do trip, and then get up and say OK.


  1. the only way through is through... and am glad to hear the you will indeed graduate.

  2. these wonders make me miss the giant gunnera in Vancouver!

    plans and steps are logical if you have faith

  3. Good to hear that you may be able to finish your degree, Judith!

    I love the leaf rubbings. What did you use to get them on the cotton sheeting?

  4. l am so hoping you find a way to get your degree.xxyour work is so amazing Judyxx

  5. I used oil pastels. Then ironed them to heat set them to the fabics.

    The leaves measure about eighteen inches across - so huge, they are worth recording just because.

    Thanks for the good wishes.

    Fingers crossed that it all works out for the best.

  6. hoping for the best

  7. more hope. though that is hardly enough.

  8. I have just happened upon your blog and enjoyed it immensely. Thanks so much for your photos of Quilt National. Very lovely. I'll visit often.
    best, nadia

  9. Thanks for the info, Judy! Love, love, love your work. It's always an inspiration to me.

  10. Anonymous1:41 pm

    the leaves look like big hearts to me :) x love Samm fingers crossed that OPUS finds a way


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