Sunday, December 12, 2010

night rain on boro mountain

Though I imagine that to those working a more normal job my life must look a lot like toddlers playtime, in fact working four self employed jobs takes rather a bit of every day, and most times when not working, my householding responsibilities fill as much time as allowed. Unadulterated playtime is a rare thing, or it'd not be so noticed when there is a bit...

Took a bit more time last night with the stitchery-scene, (inspired by Jude Hill's "cloth whispering" video series, on her blog Spirit Cloth), and it went off in an entirely unexpected direction. The cloth at the top is a scrap from a beloved well worn thrifted shirt; when torn to a rectangle, the heavy multiple light colored threads made a kind of scattered fringe off the edges, reminiscent of rain falling. Maybe it is the current ongoing rain reverberating?

So, what if the rest of the various blue fabric was simply covered with lighter running stitches, a kind of informal sashiko, reminiscent of boro cloth? What if the moon was stitched down with horizontal stitches like a haze of clouds? What if the trees were mostly dark against the snowy hills?
Not sure if the lighter trees work with the design...

the image echos memories of the year of winter in Idaho; the trees dark, the snow under moonlight bright enough to see pathways; memories of childhood: how once the leaves fell, the shapes of the hills underneath showed clear against the sky; so many memories of watching the rain move over the land in different seasons and places...

To just take materials and play, to allow them to have a voice in what they become, the collaboration... that is timeless delight.

2 comments:

  1. Lovely, my dear. You are absolutely an artist in every way, most clearly demonstrated in how you see, how you think, even more than in the beauty you create...which is saying something, given the grace that infuses your work!

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  2. nice that you are stitching along for the holiday, a lovely winter scene....

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