A Memory

 cotton, dye, thread

cotton, dye, thread

My earliest memory of doing something artsy is from when I was in the eighth grade. I know, not all that young. My childhood was filled with time spent on the sea, sailing in my own small boat, and in my family’s larger one.  I remember constantly sketching sailboats with the bow wave peeling away as the boat sliced thru the waves. In my art class in high school we did batik and so it was no surprise that the subject of my batik piece was sailboats.  I can still remember the smell of the beeswax.

The piece I made languished in a drawer for many, many years until one day in the late 1990s when I needed a starting point for a work that was going to be part of a round robin project. I pulled out the piece, and handed it off to my fellow round robin participants.  The image below is the finished piece.

What’s your earliest art or other childhood memory?