The Woven Wishing Star is on the studio floor. I made it a while back. Started it during my Contemporary Boro 1 Workshop aka 21st Century Rags) Back in 2011. Has it been that long? I find myself asking that question a lot lately. Anyway, I will be detailing the way I got this far soon. But today, just there on the floor. The woven part is about 20" square-ish, give or take, and it has been anchored to a piece of thin cotton that measures about 30" square. Ish. My measuring is never that exact. That thin cloth was dyed in a natural indigo vat, a weak vat, and it has nice light turquoise cast which happens sometimes. I placed the whole thing on a larger piece just to photo it for now.
There are 3 main techniques here, cloth weaving, fields of stitch and mosaic . I will review them soon. The star is not indigo, which probably I regret for this project (which I am now calling the Endless Wishing Cloth, conjured here) but with using what's on hand, first and foremost in my mind, that is the way it will go.
For all of you celebrating a holiday this weekend, this can be a little holiday cloth for now and I Wish you all the best with family and friends. .
I don't do Easter, or Passover. But I will celebrate cloth. And I'll be cooking up some new ideas...
The sense of that something, I said to myself this morning.
Maybe not just because it's way warm for February.
Because, I know, Joy wells up in me. I am very lucky that way.
I cultivate it. Getting better at that every day. After a while it becomes second nature. To root out the sparks of it. Knowing how just a little spark can start a fire.
There are a lot of little bits of things on the wall. So many they have begun to overlap. I do believe this is how it all began for me. The cloth joy. Just little things.
The cabin blocks have reignited the fire from a simpler time. Many stories have come back to me, lifting my trust in human nature. It is like the smell of damp earth that was there on the warm breeze yesterday. As I undid the rest of the garden. Making the place back into a deer run. Hoping that when we leave they might still have a path through.
The new Star Cabin Block is holding a special silk scrap from Richard Carbin. I grabbed a bit of silk and indigo from his shop a while back, since he's right there in Japan. Richard and Glennis put together a mandala class way back. I haven't quite mastered the technique yet, ha! Anyway, he included this scrap that he dyed. A scrap of Richard Self. It has a few holes in it, a great fragment (he knew I would love it) and it holds up just fine. I think I found a fine use for this little gift. A Star Carbin block?
I'm rebuilding the resource list form PlaceKeeper, and I will put it here in the sidebar of the main blog page. In a day or so.
Joy to all of you on this fine day. Hoping you find something small to make you smile. And pass it along before it fades.
Note to self: these cabin blocks with the sun and the moon and the stars, they have become log cabins with windows.
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.