I used the last of some old roll of magic. Sometimes things run out. Get used up. Sometimes you can make more. Depends on what's on hand and whether your heart's in it.
I still have so much more to share about technique. Sometimes it is hard to stay open. But I'll keep going. In these times of selfish discontent I am happy to have this as what I can do to make america great again the world a kinder place. Share without boundaries.
The cloth weaving method here goes beyond what was presented in Cloth to Cloth. And I have taken it much further without showing. I want to share more here then, opening up part of the advanced cloth weaving methods with this new year. To prepare the way for brand new content.
Cloth Weaving Without a Foundation then... I made the roll of magic weave on a larger loom, but not everyone has one of those, so you might start like this.
Some old eye. On the wall for so long now. A cloth woven block, cut to form a mask with a bit of patchwork underneath. Cropping, cloth style. A kind of ragged reverse applique if you look at it generally. Basic Ragged Mask applique is described in Spirit Cloth 101.(I'll have a lot more to say about that soon) The cut out was a circle. Pinched and folded on the sides to shape it like an eye.
Applique is a big category. I realize that it is bigger than I have ever expressed. And more than that, Patchwork is much broader than usually presented. In my head anyway.
As I move toward the new Feel Free format, I will start from scratch in a way. This blog will remain my day to day. The building of the site will roll along with reference here as it applies. I have a community gallery in mind if you are interested. We can talk about that.
I squint my eyes when ideas form. Looking is more wide eyed. Seeing is a cropping exercise. Refining, measuring focus, framing vision. Considering many angles.
I need about a week to get some stuff done. A roof repair, a doctor's appointment, a visit to Social Security, a small journey to see my boy. And some technical learning curve. I might be posting but let's see how it all goes.
I step back for a moment. 2013. Spirit Cloth Diaries.
Here I was diagramming thought. And delving into Butterfly Self. The Basket self holds many selves.
I am revisiting them. Basket Self evolved to hold them. These often times Loose Selves. To create a safe place for them to get to know each other. To reassure each other. To hide. Become. To prepare for more Small Journeys.
I've included the audio that accompanied this moment.
The Diary Series. There were several. They have not been released as part of Feel Free. They were very personal and expansive in terms of Considering. As I go back, I am aware of the deep content there. Much of the technique and design evolution there can be indexed. Useful to my efforts to expand my open teaching project. But I look at the units as a whole. How wonderful it is to have them like that. To revisit days as they went. Mostly though, so many ideas that might be expanded upon. We are limitless.
I have a big job in front of me. To contain all of this in a useful way.
I think there are 2 main categories. One being Technique. The other being Creative Thought, Design.
How might they feed each other? How might I be able We be able to encourage that?
I've made a some notes to self this morning. About reach. How I envision that. How big it can become. But how keeping things within reach is also part of making things useful. Considering all of this before getting too far and having regrets. Knowing the limits of effectiveness. Thank you all for your patience through this process. I have to take my time.
I will not release the Diaries as a unit for free. I will offer them up against donations, all in good time.
As usual, I am REconsidering many things. I have one question now. If you have donated already to this effort, and would like to be on the Feel Free Community listing... might you send me a note by email? With your name (or how you want to be listed), a note ( anything, even a bit about your self or thoughts, feedback) if you want to publicly say something, and a link to whatever online presence you might want to make known, if you have one. Thank you.
This project has taken on new meaning in these sad days of small thinking and self serving endeavor.