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When you opened this blog you might have expected to see big boobs straining against a wet t-shirt. Sorry to disappoint you, but this is a blog meant to inspire others to also use creative expression/art to heal and deal with life.

With that said, one day I was walking my dogs and found this lost wet T-shirt suspended in a bush.


It reminded me of the abstract collages I used to make before I started to quilt in 2008, using sculpted fabric as a base to embed found objects. It gave me an idea for one of my art for healing workshops. The problem was that I was spinning in frustration from trying to figure out how to adhere different materials to a blue jean background. I really wanted to use blue denim as a background because it reminds me of being strong and sturdy, yet the color blue reminds me to be fluid like water.

Viola – after seeing the wet T-shirt, out came the fabric stiffener glue by GOLDEN, and I made the following sample. Oh it felt so good to get my hands messy again. The fabric stiffened up into the hills and valleys that I love and the torn magazine and found objects are also nice and secure.



Now that my creative juices are flowing and I am getting more clarity on my projects, I feel that I am moving the ball down the field – even if slowly – it’s progress, not perfection.

If you are interested in making an inspirational wall hanging using this technique, please let me know.


Robin Gilliam is an artist and the author of the recovery novel, Gift of Desperation.  She has over two decades of using art and the 12 steps to recover from addiction and heal from sexual assault. She is an inspirational speaker and art for healing workshop facilitator. If you would like to contact Robin, please send her an email to robins.art@verizon.net or PM her on FB.

To read more about Gift of Desperation go to the menu  at www.robingilliamsart.com  and look for the page: Novel – Gift of Desperation.

Thanks and blessings for a creative, serene day!


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Welcome back from the Sturgis 75th Motorcycle Rally

Welcome back to my blog. I have returned from my 2 1/2 Week vacation to the Sturgis South Dakota 75th Motorcycle Rally with my husband, Dirk, and two dogs, Chopper and Duffy.

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I am in the bottom right hand corner.

Aside from our bike breaking down at the beginning of the trip and our campground losing electricity for about an hour, which shut down the AC for the dogs (they were fine after we raced back from Custer State Park), we had no other major drama.

There were tons of beautiful bikes, wonderful mountain scenery which was unusually green this year due to extraordinary rain, and hot days /cool clear nights. We were also lucky that any nighttime storms passed us by without incident.

I was hoping to post my pictures here, but I am dealing with an old computer that can’t manage the space or processing necessary for such a post. So please stop by my Facebook page to enjoy pictures from our trip. I am saving up for a Mac which I hope to get by the end of the year and then retire my current laptop.

I hope you will visit my blog again next week when I will be talking about the Iron Girl my sister is in to raise money to fight cancer and how it inspired me.


Robin Gilliam is the author of the novel, Gift of Desperation, a story of hope and inspiration woven around her 24+ years of artwork that helped her to heal from PTSD and addiction.