Serenity

Repetition give a serenity to me. Details: 18" x 36"

Everything is a Dot

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. All of us live in the unfathomable mystery and infinitude of the universe. Pursuing 'philosophy of the universe' through art under such circumstances has led me to what I call 'stereotypical repetition.' Yayoi Kusama "P

Finding Balance

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. Once you find that center, you just need to place it in a direct line over the last object's center of balance. If you keep all the centers lined up vertically, you can stack anything. This piece represents my attempts t

Blue Bell

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 the easy way out when I went back to the "guided meditation" image I talked about in my earlier blog entry - but now it makes perfect sense. It represents the few moments of calm, centering I stole between classes and wai

Winter Flight

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 light as they soared overhead. I saw glimmers of gold and silver amidst the grace of their flight and it took my breath away. I was unprepared for the crescendo when the birds landed in the water behind me. As they touched

Serenity

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 cotton, Shivia stick colorant, machine and hand stitching. And, yes, it does put me in a quite serene place. Mission accomplished. Thank you, Betty! .

Serene

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

Secret Garden

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 respectful and grateful to needlework for giving me a secret garden.

Order from Chaos

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 immediate surroundings. I can turn down the noise, put clutter away, fold clothes, line up books in a bookcase. I know it doesn't change the outside world much, but it does something to change my reaction to it. One small act

Calm like a tree

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 drinking at the time! But a walk outdoors in a bush setting or to a waterfall or a view can produce the inner calm, the restfulness known as serenity. Let go, surrender and be calm like a tree.

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