Friday, October 29, 2010

second window hanger



finished. i don't know if the string that goes
through the middle will be visible when i send
the pic to blog or not. but it is just a plain
hemp string that is separated into individual
fibers at both ends. there are also 3 hidden
things. i am unsure about these hidden things,
but...they are there.
after it arrives at Wendy's and the children
have it, i will talk about the 3.
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SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

Gasp! I love it! I have been following, but I can't remember: is this cloth that already had the print on it, or did you put the color/print there? The weaving makes this such a special object and the 'frame' that you put it on is so clever with the stitching and the 'uneven' bottom. it's really great :).

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Christie ~ i don't know quite how
to answer...
it is a blue linen "curtain" that
has sides and bottom kantha stitched.
the center is strips of an old
thrift shop rayon skirt, woven
as jude teaches in Cloth to Cloth
Workshop. the weaving is then
stitched with zillions of invisible
baste stitches.
thank you for liking it ~

deanna7trees said...

I've been wondering what you were up to. You haven't posted in awhile. Your curtain turned out beautifully and the hemp string is very visible and a nice touch. I love the see-thru effect and the stitching on the edges is magnificent.

nandas said...

stunning... exquisite... it leaves the right amount of space and a means to traverse it... and a treasure hunt? with meaningful talismans i bet...can't wait to hear about those... this really speaks to me aesthetically and spiritually.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

deanna..yes, have been up to this.
will mail it on Monday.
it will not be until after the
children have received all of the
pieces that i will begin to feel
the Whole of it, know something
about it all.
inbetween snipping threads today
i have been reading:
No Self No Problem by
Anam Thubten
"really about deconstructing all
of our illusions without any mercy."
it's been quite a day.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

oh nance...i feel like crying.
and not in a hard way, just in
a way of letting things go.

Anonymous said...

What a way to frame a bit of the world! Love the fabric you chose for the woven strips.

kaite said...

yes i was wondering what you were doing too, you've been very quiet. I looked for the hidden things but couldn't find them, i'll have to wait...k.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

anonymous/MF...yes. the world.
the first window hanger is of
WIND. just wind.
and being Wind, is free.
and yes, you are right...this is
the world, the constructs we
imagine ourselves to live within.
ourselves, that are plain and
sometimes even embarrasing in our
plainness and our hope, how we
depict this
and although i know it is as simple
i get tangled
but in that, maybe there is hope
too, for children who
watch it all?
i hope~

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

kaite...yes. you will have to

deanna7trees said...

grace--letting go is a good thing. it is what brings me peace.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

deanna~ yes,
it seems tho, to go on forever
but i guess that is

Suzanna said...

Grace, it is beautiful! So lovingly done...the edges with the kantha stitching make a perfect holder for the center. I imagine that the children will be enchanted...

Karen Turner said...

The light really transforms it into a thing of wonder. Wendy's children will love it.

SweetbriarStudio (Christie) said...

Thanks for your answer, Grace. I can't believe it is rayon AND from the thrift store! And now to go learn what kantha stitch is... thanks again :)

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

I love that fabric you used for the weaving. Up close, it doesn't say too much to me. BUT, on the window cloth and back a bit it is enchanting! It would make me smile each time I passed it!
I was wondering what you've been up to also. It seems like a lot of people were quiet this week.

;~) Debi

helen said...

worse than looking for where's waldo, since we at least know what waldo looks like. Ha! One way to keep us coming back. ha! Couldn't
find any hidden things either. hey, isn't it nice to know everyone missed you and wondered where you were?? Myself included!

Jaxx said...

You made the magic happen...beautiful piece.

jude said...

its a mask. with no face. i knew where you were.

Penny Berens said...

Oooh, can't wait to learn about the hidden secrets. No window coverings like that when I was a child.

deb g said...

It reminds me of a portal...

yvette said...

so down to earth up in the sky

linda said...

Grace It is beautiful. I love the kantha stitch on the edges, it really frames it. You are so wonderful to make something that children will look at with awe for years. It will become part of their world. To give it away is part of the gift.

Patty said...

That strand of string connects like some narrow road. The woven cloth
with the light behind it floats like some island. So much symbolism here.

Anonymous said...

grace, i see all shades of the desert surrounding
that circle... cheers to the light coming in. cheers to you, too!
such a lovely piece. . .

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grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Dear All, i will wait for the
response of the children, but
what i have loved from all of you
is the varied responses .... this
is important because many children
will look at was my hope
that it might mean many things
to many eyes.
Thank you, everyone for staying
with me in this long work.

kaite said...

grace - watch the skies...k.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Kaite~it is full of star maps

ger said...

Reminds me of something by Yoko Ono I saw years ago named "A hole to see the sky through"...- looking forward to your silk doings...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Heike..that is a major accomplish remind of Yoko Ono. i
am proud then of this, and yes.
Thursday i will begin.
your cloth is really elegant,
more and more as i live with it

kaite said...

grace - watch the skies even closer. k.

Storycloth said...

Hi Grace - the curtain offers an evocation of the spiritual. A lot of work - the kanthas stitching really makes it. Can't wait to hear more.I have forgotten the name of the spiritual artist (Mexico?) you told me about once before - could you please tell me her name again? Gilly

grace Forrest~Maestas said...'s
Mienrad Craighead, what a name, huh

and she is actually in Albuquerque,
New Mexico
i have her book
Crow Mother and the Dog God
a Retrospective

her work is constant and stunning.

Storycloth said...

Thanks again Grace - I want to have another look at her story and her art. What is your next project? Gilly

Mnemosyne said...


kaite said...

grace - now watch over the hills. k.

kaite said...

now watch down the's getting closer

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Mnem..thank you.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Kaite...i feel like a character
in some fairytale, she who
is constantly watching...
i took the old cowboy who i do
eldercare for many miles away
yesterday, early morning to late
at night, to visit an old friend.
Many miles of New Mexican desert
which is a repetitious landscape
and all the while, i thought of
your words...and watched ~

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Gilly...i have NO IDEA what's next.
everything is neat, ready
and tomorrow morning, i will
fluffle through some scraps and
see what's been a

kaite said...

grace that's good....but can you see it yet? k.