Today I volunteered at Fabmo to help sew things for their Grateful Garment program. Volunteers come in and sew garments (basic scrub type) that go to local hospitals for rape victims, who sometimes have to leave their clothes behind for evidence. The hospital can only provide one of those open end gowns. The founder of Fabmo started the Grateful Garment program when she saw the need. Over 60 outfits are made each month. We also sew small cosmetic bags for girls rescued from being a sex slaves. The bags are filled with basic toiletries, since they have nothing when the police shut down the operation. We also make XL tote bags for the homeless. The tote bags are made with heavy duty fabric (most of the fabric comes from the S.F. design center - samples) with extra long shoulder straps. Not only to help carry things but to be used as a pillow. We sew with fabric that otherwise would have been throw out and put it to good use.
Flat Fish Paper Arts was born many years ago when blogging first started. My family did a lot of camping and diving along the California coast. California halibut are huge fish that start out as any normal fish. As they age, one eye will start to move to the other side and the halibut will become flat so it can lay on the bottom of the ocean with both eyes facing up.
I always like the idea that we all start out the same but life experiences slowly changes us. In my case, my creative talents went the way of paper arts. Flatfish are always looking up when they mature and as with any artist, we see inspiration in everything around us - always looking up.
Evan and her flatfish
Years ago a local dive shop had a photo of a diver who caught a halibut so big he had to throw it over his jeep to take the picture. Our little spoof with our daughter sitting in her toy jeep with dad's halibut on the hood. 1987