Deb Brandon: Living in Radiant Color

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Decision

  “They’re walking on us!” I pulled my paddle blade through the water with more power. “It is your decision. Do you want this? You have to decide now!” I’d never heard Coach Lynne sound so intense. I didn’t think I had anymore to give. But I did: more power, more focus. As I slammed my … Read more

No Drool Zone

I don’t drool, nor do I run into trees. I’m lucky that way.I could have easily been there—drooling and running into trees. There are approximately a dozen clusters of malformed blood vessels, cavernous angiomas, scattered in my brain. A couple of them hemorrhaged, mucking my life up royally. Side-effects from the bleeds included seizures, crippling … Read more

Textile Tales

Stories are inherent in traditional textiles, about the artisans and their communities, and about their cultures and traditions. Some of the stories are in the process, others are integrated in the designs, through figurative or geometric motifs. Though we usually associate stories with words, many are told through symbols or images, whether through hieroglyphics, geometric designs, or figurative imagery. Stories do not have to have a beginning, middle, and end, and they can take many forms, such as prose, dance, poetry, or even a list.

Turkish Felted Mantles

The first time I saw a photo of a Turkish shepherd wearing a floor-length kepenek over his shoulders, I thought of a toddler wearing a snowsuit, standing stiffly, barely able to move—it looked so bulky and cumbersome. I couldn’t begin to imagine a shepherd working while wearing such a garment. Surely there was more to … Read more