Precious

Maybe it’s my age, or my family, or that I love where I am in life, but every moment seems precious. They say time moves faster the older you become and I’m inclined to agree. There is so much I want to experience and so little time! I’ve struggled with time my whole life. When I was younger I was searching for meaning and purpose to validate my time and decisions. Now that I’m older, I want to enjoy and extend the life I’ve chosen; every moment is valuable. The realization that time is limited – both mine and the people I love – creates a sense of urgency. And greater purpose. No one knows the number of their days. I chose to represent time with a heartbeat because I believe that is the tru

In Theory

I found this challenge to be very interesting. More on an emotional level that previous ones. When Alicia posed this word my personal world was in an uproar....only to be matched by the outside world, first in the US ,then very quickly chaos seemed to spike up world-wide. This is NOT a doomsday prediction. "Big Bang" is meant to be an image of the NOW, not the future. It is offered as advice to see the NOW for what it is and become involved in dampening the flares. Get out your extinguishers!

Petoskey Stone

I love a time challenge. An almost mystical sense of calm descends when I look at fossils, the sense of getting lost in deep time is palpable. I have done quite a number of fossil pieces over the years, including several dinosaur skulls and trilobite parades, as well as some even more ancient crinoids. However, my secret mission for myself in this cycle is pattern. To this end, I decided to abstract Petoskey stone, which is a name for fossilized coral from the Devonian period found in Michigan. I decided to use a resist process, and began by applying the resist to silk. I kind of liked the blobby, oozy inexact quality of the resist, it seemed to provide the organic quality that living beings

Arrival

Thanks for a thought-provoking challenge, Alicia! I'm eager to see what others have done with their "time". I spent a lot of time considering what and how I would create something for this word and decided to try something a little different. I'd shared my thoughts on the blog on how I've come to view approaching deadlines - - much as mountains on the horizon, some bigger than others, slowly approaching - and then arriving - and then a new horizon......Could I create a piece that depicted that? "Arrival" is 5 layers of painted silk organza that is pieced with curved flat-felled seams. The intention was to create a sense of depth and remote, undefined terrain on a distant horizon. And so, "Ar

Dark Beginnings

The ancient Celtic calendar year began at Samhain, a festival that marks the end of harvest season and the beginning of the "darker half" of the year. On a modern Roman calendar, Samhain would occur on the night between October 31 and November 1. All Celtic festivals would begin at dusk or sunset. They measured the passage of time in nights not days, and measured their months by the cycles of the moon. During winter, the beginning of the Celtic year, plants go dormant. Trees appear to be dead. But the ground is full of potential energy. The flower emerging from the soil is not the beginning of that plant's life. It's life began as a seed, inside the dark earth. For "TIME", I used an ombre b

Spacetime Geographies #2: Time Connections

Time can be linear, circular, elastic – but always connected - all those concepts I believe are contained in the tubular spiral: For this challenge I have made a word-map of places in my town which are important to me: my home, studio, garden, complex; shopping areas; useful services like bank and post office; eating and drinking places; entertainment, cultural and outdoor places. And paths that link them in some way. I have added clocks indicating different times, which may be interpreted as the times I visit those places. Which may not the same each day – I don’t even visit them all each day – some days not at all – I stay at home and studio. So we have a sort of irregular spiral along wh

A slice of time

While surrounded by volcanoes in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile I wrote in my travel journal, sketched and contemplated time. This quilt captures a slice of my time and the geologic time of this fascinating area. Materials: cotton, batting, thread, Pigma pen, pastel dye sticks, fabric paint Techniques: writing, drawing and stencilling on whole cloth background, hand painted, machine quilted 91.5cm long x 46cm wide (36in x 18in)

Contradiction

Time is our most precious asset, and yet we cannot put a value on it. Time is unlimited but our time is finite. And unknown. We cannot see it, nor can we hold it or trade it or pause it. You can’t save time. Time is invisible and yet it is visible on my face and in my body. Time controls us and yet cannot, itself, be controlled. What a contradiction! I think the only power we have over time is how we use it. My prior quilt titled “This Moment” attempted to communicate the brevity between birth and death and the importance of our choices. We only have this moment, how will we spend it?

Elastic Time

I am confused by time, especially how I view it personally. Yes we can measured time and have timelines. Yes we have the circle of life, of a person's lifetime from birth to death. But when I am engaged in a creative activity, time is elastic. I get lost in the process and am unable to determine whether a minute or an hour has passed. This is what, I feel, makes time elastic. It is as though I have bungy jumped into the creative void and am bouncing up and down on that elastic strap. If things are going well, time vanishes and it can be hours before a need, such as hunger makes me take note of the time. When I am struggling through a creative problem, I can be anxious or despondent if the so

Time is not a line but a circle

I love this month’s challenge word: TIME It brought me back to one of my favorite pastimes/obsessions/search for connection – ancient cultures, especially Celtic culture and symbolism. The Celts recorded and described the passage of time as a circle or spiral, rather than the idea of a straight, flat “time line”. The spiral relates to our own experiences in nature – the cycles of the tides, phases of the moon, seasons… birth-life-death-rebirth. Ancient cultures like the Mayans and Celts observed these patterns on earth as well as in the “movement” of the stars. They used their observations to create a measurement of time. The stone carvings at Brú na Bóinne (County Meath, Ireland), which pr

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