Wednesday, September 28, 2016

My morning drive

On highway 6 on the way to the ferry there were so many cobweebs 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?

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

Friday, September 2, 2016

un-doing and looking

Nearly every time I walk by this room and peek in the open door and see this wall I enter.
I sit down in my Rothko chair and look.
And I let myself pick up another part of the machine pieced luminous path and un-pick it.
And then I take two pins and my cane, and walk over to the wall and pin up that small part.
And then I sit down again, and look some more.

I should be preparing my workshops.  Writing my speech.
I procrastinate by un-doing and looking.

Monday, August 29, 2016

just the essential features

I took apart the luminous halo path and pinned it in sections to the wall.

Then I took those sections apart.

The effect of vitality will be enhanced if the symbol states no more than the essential features, if it states them clearly, and if it states them swiftly, for the very swiftness of the execution will convey a sense of power and liveliness to the spectator.

This vitality must also be accompanied with the tenderness and subtlety born of long and earnest insight into nature.

C.J. Holmes  Notes on the Science of Picture Making

Sunday, August 28, 2016

immortal soaring reply

cloud flag
field of time
healing cloth
a long view
allowing and letting in
solitude's inner gaze
time opens up
sweet mercy

Friday, August 26, 2016

found fabric

I have been cutting fabrics into squares to make half square triangles.
I had forgotten about this piece of linen, dyed with procion,
it was still tied in little mark making bundles.
I found it and I un-tied it.

If wrapping is a metaphor and method of self healing.
as a way to bandage, nurture, protect and keep safe something that is fragile or broken.....

then isn't un-wrapping a metaphor for freeing that healed self?

I think I love this red cloth.