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This little metal beast has been in the garden for years. I like the way heshe weathers and especially how this figure was constructed. With holes that go all the way through. But that is a discussion for tomorrow maybe. The snow will be gone by noon as the temperatures rise again to warmer than normal for January.
I chose number 8. After taking a tally here, from email and facebook... no one else chose this one. Right now I have named it Block Head. Being popular is overrated. Too much expectation. I might turn it upside down. With the block on the bottom. I am rooted in the square. It is my foundation. I have the video camera set up and I finally found my audio recorder. It's been a while but I'm back. And I will talk more abut this arrangement.
A is also for alphabet which I need to use to build and index of content for the Feel Free website. So A is also for A New Beginning. Don't worry, most of this will be transparent. ( A is also for alignment, but I'll get to that in more detail soon)
Resolute in a way, about going, not just going, but almost marching.
I did a bit of Snowman Storming. Not on paper. But with bits of cloth. here are 9 of them. I let my mind wander. What a simple thing. Child's Play. I think about simple things. Snowman. What a great exercise in Building. Balance. Alignment. And now Diversity. I think it is surely worth the time taken. To consider the Snowman Snow Being. At any age.
So here there are 9 stray snow beings. Which one would you start with?
Feel Free will be moving to a website for better support of media. And community. Once I figure it all out, Loose Pages (the journal) and Spirit Cloth Language (the personal dictionary) will be added to the mix.
Thank you all for your kind support in this past year. Dream catching. Yes we can.
This one. One of the many playgrounds, leftover from SunMoonStars. Hanging on the wall here for so long the edges of the not basted but pinned pieces beginning to curl. I liked it the way it was, for a long time. Now I want to work on it. Especially the in between. The base cloth is an eclipse dyed by Glennis. Way back when I was not dyeing much of my own indigo.
I suppose, today I am simply acknowledging my own chaos of late. Sitting still here and feeling that swirling of ideas, and then not ideas. Knowing how confusing that used to be for me. How I used to feel bad about that, that state that kept me from feeling ok. How I used to strive for the focused drive that seemed to make everyone else so productive. Sure. What was that and why couldn't I be there?
On a loose page somewhere I remember jotting down:
In every moment everything changes. Why then is it somehow not good enough just to reflect that? To be here and present is to be unsure of everything.
It has been easier for me just to continue. Continue some small journeys past, rather then start something new. I am feeling better now, now realizing how not well I was for the past weeks. And this has spaced me out. The reflecting on that. Health. Wellness. Age. What's important.
This one above, all the components from the original Sun Moon Stars workshop, now available through Feel Free. I pulled them together and framed them with more cloth. Now NeedleChanting (how I express slow stitching) my way through.
I'm looking at both of these together. The newer one on the right. Looking. Noticing the similarity in color pallette. Looking for other common senses. Like floating. I will work on the both, back and forth until I can bring my selves together.
They stay. Change with the wind and intermittent flurries.
The leaves fall. The thorns are beautifully there. I am inspired by this image. I'll do some sketches later.
I've been stitching on this one. Through the fast. It was a color study/sampler. A noticing how one color might lean into another. It was about color AS change. And so may things have happened. I cannot speak about all of them right now. I just added the star, this morning, at 3AM. Maybe because some wishing came true. Or maybe just because I lean on tradition and like to honor that. I am almost done but I want to extend the cross-like shadow into the frame somehow. Into space. To make it hold 9 Forever. And vibrate outward.
I have a stack of unfinished work here.
One by one they are coming into my hands.
I feel very good today. Clear.
Apple cider vinegar cure was always present in my childhood.