...just thought i would show you the original magic feather. it is on the lion quilt along with many more variations.
...i stitched a few more. i guess they have really become my signature, some recurring personal symbol. i like them best on indigo. funny how your thoughts recycle. this will be my last post for a few days. time for a long weekend i think. it stopped raining and the garden needs tending.
we all have the potential to do something well. we all need to be in
touch with that. sometimes when you do something well, you feel
empowered and think you can do everything well. but really there is no
sense in that. doing a little of every thing dilutes your efforts,
prevents carry through, interrupts the journey. at least that is what i
am thinking in terms of my own goal. i use cloth, and many stitches to make story quilts. at the same time, i am devoted to sharing the voice i hear in fabric. i do that rather well i think. but i am still working on it. i love using hand dyed fabric. not just the kind where you splash color around and see what you get. the kind that holds conscience and intention and the respect for the relationship between cloth and color. the kind that lets the voice of the fabric come through.
i am also thinking a lot about synchronicity and what that means. it is hard for me to imagine things happening the same way at the same time without some obvious connection. i think if you look closely you can identify the little steps unseen or unconsidered that make things clearly separate in their sameness. there are different kinds of steps. one can follow another. or one can dance with another. in the spirit of the dance, glennis and i have formed a nice working relationship. one where art touches craft and back again. i recognized long ago that you cannot be an expert at everything. yes i have dabbled in a bit in shibori and perhaps i might try dyeing indigo, just to know a bit about those who do it so well. i get a bigger joy out of sharing a conversation with another artist. a kind of conversation that allows the details of different crafts to overlap through mutual respect. a joint what-iffing you might call it, paths crossing but still two legitimate journeys. not leading or following but back and forth. a textile two step....
so we talk about cloth and dye and how that make such a difference and maybe the reason that a lot of quilting folks don't know much about fabric options is because there is too much sameness (even though it is presented as different) in the materials available to work with. so i am doing my thing and she is doing hers and together some beautiful music is being made.
it is nice to know that when you catch a glimpse of the sea, that someone can make that happen on cloth, just the way you imagined it.
and on a rainy day like today, it is nice to have some rose colored silk to look through.
so much talk about slow cloth these days. i feel part of the message implied in elaine lipson's original concept is how we can evolve through better understanding and mutual respect. for each other and the craft we choose to explore. for the relationships necessary to do that. this was kind of a long post. but it is a long road.
funny. when you first start working with a new material, working with it a big way, you realize you don't really know it to well. silk has crept into my work over the years but just in bits and pieces. i remember thinking, silk is shiny . it is slippery. it is hard to sew. it is too expensive. it isn't washable. it is much too delicate. well, silk comes in many forms and i know i have just scratched the surface. and like most anything, if you don't know it, everything you think you know turns out not to be true. just like people i guess.
this small piece is almost all silk. the silk moon has been applied to an indigo shibori dyed silk bat. this is the first time i have used the silk bat as a base. i like the way small pieces of slippery fabric can be placed down and not slip around. the bat takes tiny stitches so well, you can just merge the silk applique so easily... i felt like a human embellisher. ha!
the bottom of the piece has been sliced and interwoven with some hand dyed silk gauze. i am finding gauze nice to work with not only because of its sheerness, but because it tears well and the crimp in the yarn discourages fray. it is also very easy to manipulate. it cooperates with whim. and it loves the bat. and lets not forget it is as light as a feather.
the moon shadow was created by layering an embroidered scrap of black organza (a gift) over a textured silk moon which was already applied to the bat. after stitching i carefully cut away parts to allow a bit of moon light through. organza is nice too, but i like it better in small doses because of its stiffness. it has a much harder surface which i need to warm up to a bit.
...so i ended up with this small piece, meant to be a book mark and now what i want to call a book mat. and as you have probably noticed, a one heart (silk of course) has found shelter in a silken moon's shadow. a very soft spot.
the one thing i knew all along. silk feels so good.