One of my favorite living artists is Yayoi Kusama, and I would like to dedicate this piece to her. Repetitive mark making I can be a form of therapy, and I feel a lot of empathy for her desire to immerse her world in dots. Especially with the current political climate, I feel the need to create my own world around me even more strongly. "With just one polka dot, nothing can be achieved. In the universe, there is the sun, the moon, the earth, and hundreds of millions of stars.
I once met a person who was building little towers of stones on a beach. The stones he was using were not all flat and easy to stack up. They were odd shaped, with some large ones stacked on top of smaller ones, and some at odd angles. I asked him how he did it. He said that every 3 dimensional object has a point of perfect balance. It's not always at the mathematical center like a grid; but a single point at which all the rest of the weight around it is evenly distributed.
Serenity was the perfect challenge, Betty. This came at a time when I was rushing to leave on a two-week trip leading up to two deadlines, anything but Serenity. I really struggled to find a visual for Serenity - what is serenity, when and where were the serene moments in my life? One that came to mind was the breakfast room in Stockholm and the many happy cups of coffee I had looking out that sunny window - but, alas, I've done that already. I admit, I thought I was taking t
Being on the water is my favorite thing to do; nature refreshes while water calms me. Each time I am there, I see something new and marvelous. Last winter it was the birds. Thousands of birds. I didn’t notice them on the surface of the water but when I approached they launched up and away. It was both chaotic and amazingly organized as the birds quickly fell into position and flew over and around me as a group. The sun was low in the sky and the birds’ feathers caught the lig
Finding serenity in a largely strange, surreal new territory in our new world where persistence and resistance is required, is a challenge, indeed. I decided to do some mindful mental journeys, putting myself in a calm place by silently reminiscing, using a library of my own photographs as a travel guide. Serenity, pictured below, is based on a whole cloth wool jersey that has been discharged. Other techniques include leaves stitched on a wash-away non-woven, hand dyed cott
18" x 36" Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all. Buddha from SOUL published by Affirmations Australia Pty. Ltd. 2009 Materials: cotton, dye, threads, stencil, batting Techniques: hand dyes, stencilled, hand stitched, machine quilted
Hand sewing mends my soul. To me, it is like a private secret garden. Whenever my heart is in turmoil, I adjust my mood and organize my thoughts through sewing. Every stitch reflects my mood at the moment. Therefore, the texture and stitching on the quilt surface is a life story. I love such sincere, unpretentious trace. Needle and thread guide me to see the world and give me peace of mind. They are the mentors who have been accompanying me for 20 yeas. For this reason, I am
The search for serenity... I thought a lot about my own stress-coping mechanisms. The things that make me feel calm are the flip side to what makes me feel stressed. Disorder, chaos, noise... I can deal with a lot of it, but after a while this stuff stresses me out. I don't like feeling like things are out of control. I can't control people or the chaos of the world, so how can I find serenity? My solution is to tackle the small stuff and create an area of peace in my immedia
I am enjoying the word challenges and the set size of the pieces. Sometimes it is with panic rather than serenity that I am finishing my quilts! However when thinking about this current word, I keep coming back to nature and the power of nature to calm. What is it about the natural environment that provides this sense of well being and balance? I have a small garden yet looking into its green folds gives me pleasure and recharges me mentally. Perhaps it's also the coffee I'm