I am focused on one corner of this piece... a place where tradition has collided with some outside force. A newness. It is a meeting place that helps define both parts in terms of change, redefinition. I think about this a lot. How things seem to collide yet actually move though one another. Occupying the same space. It has occurred to me lately that redefinition might be a lot less about identifying difference and a lot more about recognizing and absorbing the consciousness of oneness.
This post follows the making of a special story cloth. You can read more about the Magic Feather Project by clicking the tab in the top menu bar. Or by using the category for HOME , the link to the making of this cloth, in the sidebar or under the post.
There is truly significance for me, for this project, in the bringing of all these pieces together. The challenge of making one piece, one peace, from the diversity in approach, highlighting the One-ness in intention. And so blending is my focus. But still honoring the individual creativity of the maker.
This video was made during Spirit Cloth Diaries, when I was planning the wings and the blending process....
There is such a journey ahead of me still. UN-stitching the edges, reweaving them into a web with a bit of my own techniques touching them all. And another layer of feathers to add in between things. Weaving them in as well I think, where I can. There are still so many feathers here.
I once imagined, that all these little feathers, might fly in and touch one another in some special way, with my help. And through some sort of sympathetic evolution, would transform into some new vision that might change the way we see one another. Create a new sense of Home for those among us that need shelter from the storm.
I am sorry that many folks are having problems commenting. It is a Typepad issue and I cannot fix it. Maybe just an opportunity for some quiet time :-)
So I did work a bit on this cloth in the background, sharing some of the progress over at Spirit Cloth Diaries.... I wanted to share a post here with those who were not in that class, and now that I am dedicating this place to the first Magic Feather Cloth I am calling HOME. (there is a category for it here if you want to look back further). I am planning to put all this fragmented documentary together in a format from start to finish, but things got a bit jumbled up over this long hard winter.
So just to look back....
In October, ( right about when i posted here) I put it up on the wall. And I did a bit of talking...
As mentioned in the video.... that night, I stitched some thread beads.
To define the rotation of dark and light in the big X. I will be adding
a lot of these as a filler. Even more than I did on the Magic Cloth.
When I lifted the heart, in the lamplight, the beaded wings, again
Because of the tactile quality, I think some sort of "braille" butterflies will be great in some of the open space.
OK. Here I go again. Spirits High. All day (and all night maybe) I will work to get the wingspan complete. Ready to fly. Things have settled into place. Magic Feather cloth here. What-iffing at Diaries. Food growing in the garden. Mom stabilized in her own home. Mobile devices in place for The Road Trip this summer. It's OK. All of it. How it all might happen together.