Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
this is beside the front door.
i am watching Jude's small plain girlscout loom. thinking.
these belts belonged to Dora, an extraordinary woman who
has been gone from this plane for a long time. she was
tiny, had a snow white french twist held in place with
a silver comb. she was a Tai Chi Master. there was a
period of time when we needed to wait together in a very
large room with floor to ceiling windows across an expanse
of a wall. at night. outside was a woods and pond and often
the moon. beautiful hard wood floors, no furniture.
Dora would practice her forms while waiting. i would sit on
the floor and watch. she most often wore her black tai chi
jacket and pants. was her "uniform for living" like my denim
jumpers are. was then in her 80's. sometimes her sleeve
would ride up with a elegant and silent gesture and i could
see the numbers tattooed on her wrist from Auschwitz.
she wore these belts that stood out against the black jacket.
there would be two of her...her, and the reflected her in the
in the second picture, i saw that someone had woven an egg
case. i like that.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
i have to chase the dogs off the couch everytime i want to see my progress.
i love each and every part of this...have earnestly invisible basted
all seams flat. even that.
there is nothing about this process that i have an urge
there is a steady, concentrated rhythm to it all.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
i know these have been here before, but i want them all together. tomorrow they will
fly away in the mail to Wendy Golden-Levitt who works with children in Toronto.
The request for the "window hanger" came via her, from one of the children who
saw the "installation" i had hung on my own window when some of the older
children were looking at Jude's blog and then at other blogs on her side bar.
She related strongly with the swirling wind and the feathers, which are feathers
from Jude. She said to Wendy "hey there is this person who makes stuff from wind and
that textile stuff we use. she makes it see through but not really. she's got
these feathers stuck on where the light comes in and she sewed in some wind
when it was swirling."
and it all flowed from there.
during the time of my work in Jude's Spirit Cloth workshop and then
the Patchwork Beasts, there were two other occurances of very separate
but simultaneously arising shared imagery in two other girls' healing work and
in my cloth making; the Raven and the Lizard. This amazed us all, was
hard to imagine happening, but it did and tomorrow i will send all three.
I am so honored that these three girls and i "see the same". there is
a second window in the studio and i will make one more window hanger and
am so awed by the opportunity to offer these. as Wendy said in one of
her emails..."in Wonder at the Mystery of it All".
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
there is the urge to think of more little things to add.
that it is "not enough". too plain.
but i won't. yesterday, looking for something else entirely,
i came across this bell in one of the bead tins.
i picked it out and looked at it for a long time, listened
to it's clear little tone. put it back.
and it all progresses this way:
~somewhere in the dream during the night, i am making something
with the bell.
~this morning, i see jude's jar.
~finishing the Wind strands, i am compelled to go find the bell, the
strand of magic thread, and
~the feeling that sometimes happens when dream and awake realities
cross, begins. i have no way to describe that feeling but the
closest i can come is that it is like some kind of vertigo.
a physical sensation.
and so, this is it.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
today it is the Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats at the New Mexico State Fair.
then, home, trying to work on the Window Hanger and my across the road neighbor calls, all wild,
a snake is in her livingroom.
off i go.
frightened little young snake, back and forth...under couch, under chair
i throw a dish towel over it, cuddle it up, carry out and then have to shoo it across the yard to the
Dear it. seemed tired and needing rest.
it was very pretty.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
the strip on the far side will be finished tonight or tomorrow. the strands of
silk gauze wind will be returned to where they were before i decided to do this
kantha stitching. that will not take long.
this feels so good for so many reasons but i will write about that
when it is finally finished.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
back to the "op shop", that term is catching on for me...
don't usually go so often
look what was there........
it's really quite beautiful. machine sewn, and i am now very curious about who got this far
and gave it up?
and what will
do...at first thinking of taking it apart, because of the squares, using them in "my" way
but tonight, i keep looking at it and i don't know.
Monday, September 6, 2010
that i'm not being a slacker and just taking pics of my underwear and
here is what is also going on. i was invited to make a "window hanger",
a curtain, and in keeping with using what is at hand, i had to get
creative with piecing cloth on cloth to get the correct dimension for
the window. this has led to doing Kantha stitches all along the bottom
and side additions. slow going but i am making progress.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Saturday, September 4, 2010
grasshoppers grow by sheding their exoskeletan
tonight, watering, this
and i squat, staring, wondering what that
also, thinking on the porch steps, to past years when So Many grasshoppers ate pretty much everything...
this year, that was so odd already, and there are very few grasshoppers.
but this one grew, fulfilling it's destiny
Friday, September 3, 2010
it's taking a while. and could happen no other way than it is, by doing, as i go,
but this morning i am so taken by this piece of denim where it was gathered to the bodice. it looks like
the rains look in Monsoon storms coming at this place in a literal sheet of water with lightning strikes
announcing the arrival...so
i couldn't let this disappear into a seam but had to stitch it to the top.
and here is the absolute wonder of what i am just now beginning to know
about what i have learned so far from Spirit Cloth; jude, yes, but actually Jude/her Cloth.......
that i can let the cloth tell me how to go forward and with just those 3 stitches...
i can create a world i never dreamed.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
had to begin at least a little. other things needing to be finished, but i couldn't wait. the wheat colored
square is one of 6 linen placemats that i also got. one or more will be incorporated.
i have needed something for this futon couch for a long time. it's the dogs'. they are neurotic about it.
in warm weather i put a sheet over the cushion, in cold, a wool blanket. i almost never sit there because
the moment i do, they are all there, thrilled and climbing all over me and each other. there are four of
i want to thank You All for hanging in there with me as i worked my way through the Raven cloth. i really
appreciate each comment and thought about what was said as i worked. i think i reached a critical point
in my learning curve in being able to express something very close to my Heart, that is actually REAL
here, but also to let it go just enough so it could also represent other things for other people.
so, again...thank you. it is such a good feeling to see your comments appear. and also come to know each
of you more and more by the exchange.
much love and appreciation to you All...me
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
our thrift shop has 10cent Tuesdays. all clothing 10cents. Today, a fluke of luck, not only were there these
denim jumpers that are my "uniform", but 10cent Tuesday had been extended to be 10cent Wednesday!!! 6 jumpers,
the one in far left of photo an overall skirt even...that i'd mentioned on jude's Spirit Cloth the other day!
6 perfect shape (perfect for me, being worn, soft) jumpers, 60cents.
how good does it get.