(The top example shows two pieces of bias sewn together on a diagonal. The bottom example shows the bias strips attached separately at the top and the bottom of the piece of fabric being bound with a 1/4" seam allowance. The right side of the fabric being bound is facing out. The wrong side of the bias tape is facing out.)
Here's a link to some of the photos of my desk that helped inspire the Self-Portrait series: http://thedonkeyskin.blogspot.com/2012/09/portrait-of-my-desk.html.
2012-2013 is my first full year working in a classroom. I often do not have the time or energy to post to my websites because I have been getting sick so often, but I still pick away at various projects. Sometimes Alan will take photos of my desk when I am working on multiple projects to document the chaos. I thought if I tried to take daily snapshots of my desk, it would give a hint of what things are occupying me at the moment. If I had to choose one location in our space that consistently gives a clue as to what I am thinking of or working on, it would most likely be my desk. So, it's manageable to focus on that one space, and it's a space that I use every day. It's revealing as well, exposing my messes besides whatever I am working on. It is also an archaeology of sorts; layers of projects I have worked on, projects I am focusing on now, and projects I want to stat, as well as my laptop, bills, mail, music, keys, clothes, etc.
1. The warp is the length, straight or selvage edge of a piece of material.
The woof or the filling thread is the width or crossway thread of goods.
2. True or perfect bias is the diagonal of a square. It is found by placing the warp and woof thread parallel.
Grain meets grain.
(Page displays half of a square with three bias lines marked in pencil.)