I laugh thinking how thick self becomes sometimes.
They are on the wall, the strays, the ones I unrolled today. I am gathering these layers and laying them out flat. To sit in the company of strays. Scraps of self. The one in the upper left, still undone. As most of them are. Fragments. Since I intend to work on them a bit while company is here, while being company... I am revisiting old posts, stories, moments. Sitting here, still holding center and vibrating outward. With all my heart.
Note to self: I am too thick with self.
I want to share videos and some talking from Small Journeys last year, where this one started. I have added a stray cat page over at Feel Free as well. So you might find it later. But really, I asked myself today, why not just put everything here? Still mulling over the right format, but for the moment it is what it is.
Vibrating is a funny thing. It sometimes it shakes you so softly, you don't even notice. The big slow shake maybe. I think with each wave, let go.
A whole lot of shakin' going on here. Shedding skins.
When you click the link below for Straying Together 2, there will be a Small icon in the post that you might use to access the Small Journeys post that was related. In the sidebar there at SJ, you will see a list of ALL the posts made during that series. Feel Free to roam around.
Yes, Small Journeys is now open. I have not listed it at Feel Free yet. I am going to put the links to free classes here instead.
A quick note, to those of you subscribed by email.
The service I use is free but not the best.
Delivery is inconsistent and incomplete. And the numbers have grown beyond the capacity of a free service. I will not be continuing with it after this year. I hope to find a replacement but it may require subscribing again. We'll see.
Ok. So I have been mulling over this Feel Free thing. Kind of a long read here.
Here is how I see imagine it.
First off, I will be blogging here, as usual, at Spirit Cloth, maybe a little less frequently. A little life. A little cloth. A little doodling. You know. The story.
Feel Free will be a separate site which will focus,in detail,on technique, idea, process. Kind of like What If was, if you have been here that long. And kind of like Small Journeys, if you had subscribed to that last year. But more organized. Kind of like a visual index if you will. The links to Feel Free will appear in posts here as enlarged text, in green (for Going) like THIS.
Mostly, the green words will be a sort of category guide, taking you to a new post at Feel Free, in which I might define/redefine a category. Something like PATCHWORK or DYEING. Or even DRAWING or COLOR. Because I don't intend to limit this adventure to cloth. I intend to share my life's creative experience. These category posts will be like an outline, showing up in the sidebar (over there) and holding links to a multitude of related pages, which I will add as I go along. In the end I think it will be simple to follow and allow my many visitors to follow through Spirit Cloth, find their area of focus or simply wander around over at Feel Free.
You have no idea what a bank of images, videos, audios etc. is lurking here. Not to mention possibilities yet to be explored. I have built myself an indexing framework that I think will work well to help me to organize and for you to follow. It shall unfold, or unroll...not sure what the right word is. Explode?
In addition, I will be using Flickr to organize my projects, like I did COMA. Because the blog has grown so big, it is somewhat unmanageable at this point. I think these project groupings will end up to be sort of detailed tutorials in a way. Easy to follow in a visual way. I will be going back through the blog at some point linking old posts to this new place. If I see that it makes sense.
I will also, eventually, be closing Threadcrumbs and incorporating the content into Feel Free, as an inspiration resource.
I am no spring chicken, you know?, and I would like to leave behind something useful. At one point, I think Feel free might stand on its own as a Free Creative Learning Center. I hope so. I do.
I plan to Open the Feel free site by Monday. Meanwhile, I did a lot digging into some layers a little while back, sharing that here today... seems to go along with uncovering layers of self and cloth. Along with the unexpected.
It is way cold. June 2. 46 degrees. A hot day or two in between. But it's ok.
We've little invested for food growing this year.
Except for greens. Greens grow well in the cool.
But really, that's all we really eat, or need to eat.
Grains and beans and greens.
Wild Raspberries are taking over here. Now that we let them. And the grapes are doing well on their own. Growing over dead brush from hurricane Sandy. Blueberries will yield plenty but probably after we are gone. Fruit. The rest is just now obtained through support of local growers here. It's what they do to get by. Fair enough.
So many thoughts about why we get so tangled up in the doing that which unbalances the way things could just be. And be fine.
There are lots of flowers though. Just growing.
This is a photo collage. An accidental window. Lily buds over a stitched cloth I call Nine for Growth. In process.
There are thoughts about growth as Design Mending.
One thing over another and New Form. The thing that might run through it. Hold it together Because this is how my mind works. A lot.
There is a bunch of thin cloth hanging between the drafty kitchen and the room we heat. The kitchen is between the studio and that warm room. I replaced the heavier one because I just couldn't stand not to have some light coming through. It helps to hold the heat. With an occasional cool breeze.
Soul-o loves it. He chases shadows and runs back and forth between the sections, especially at night when the firelight makes it seem like a dense fog in the wind.
March is a bit like a curtain between seasons. The kind you cannot pull back to see more clearly. More like a fog that lifts on it's own accord. And it's been hanging there.
I placed a square of very thin cloth (I used to test the indigo vat) over the patchwork from last week. I like what it did to the grid. It erased the lines. Made a window. But didn't destroy the sense of order. The thought. In my mind I can see through it.