Sunday, October 16, 2016

blocking my work

there is silence
and beautiful weather

when an embroidered cloth is on such a large scale, it ceases to be domestic

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

prayer flag

My bone is healing - it's healed actually -
new bone has formed, even over the screws.
We saw the x-ray.
The entire day yesterday was spent in the car going to and from doctor.
We left at 9 am, home 10 pm.
Ned went straight to bed - me too, but I got up to clean the studio.

I arranged the red edged hankies into a cross
for a prayer flag

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

wabi sabi

My art is inspired by the wabi-sabi idea from Japan.
A philosophy and aesthetic that honours the imperfect, the transitory, the humble and the handmade.
It honours the changes of nature, seasons, objects and ourselves.
It evokes a sense of acceptance of the transitory nature of life.

Serena Barton - from her book Painting with Cold Wax

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

My morning drive

On highway 6 on the way to the ferry there were so many cobwebs in the tall grass - on both sides of the road.  I should have stopped to photograph them but put them in my memory instead.
Circles are so easy to draw when you start from the center.

I wonder if that is why they are said to represent the self.  Because, just by slowly going, moving your body or moving the paper under your hand, you can make a perfect circle.

A spider makes a web from the center and then stretches out to the outside and makes spoke that join it to the center.   Then she goes back and joins the spokes.  Is this how I wonder?

Then on the Bruce penninsula, the beautiful firm barns  Several with small lines of red wooden shut windows along the top edge, one with a great red wooden double door.  Some with diamond shaped windows.  Dark barn wood.    And then the dots in the fields.  Black cattle - perfect against the green, and the scattered rolls of hay.

Friday, September 9, 2016

the symbolic life


Her suffering must be made conscious to create meaning in her life.
The symbolic life (art) is full of signals and signs that can point us in the right direction.

wendy golden levitt

Monday, September 5, 2016

surrounded by the time I've made

the narrative quality of textile art is not limited to represntation, or mirroring language, or to the description of events or objects in the real world.

telling a story is a broad, multi-dimensional process - it can include memory, dream, myth, emotion, legend, history, fragments of time, ideas of the imagination, possibilities.

elaine lipson