Sunday, October 25, 2009
One of my pieces is published in this year's SAQA Portfolio 16. For me, it is both universal and deeply personal--a cry for the nurturing and loving Feminine Divine to strongly come forth from her cell and heal and renew us. There are several detail shots since I believe that is the best way to see and feel these pieces.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Defeat may serve as well as victory
To shake the soul and let the glory out.
When the great oak is straining in the wind,
The boughs drink in new beauty, and the trunk
Sends down a deeper root on the windward side.
Only the soul that knows the mighty grief
Can know the mighty rapture. Sorrows come
To stretch out spaces in the heart for joy.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
My pictures have stayed in their posts and in their proper places!! If this continues, I might be able to actually do something with this blog...imagine having fun instead of doing and re-doing and undoing...Maybe I'll even be able to reveal my true identity some day---wow!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
OMG!! This time I've been lost in the sub-level of Hell known as Blogger/Picasa/Disappear/Limbo! All of my blog pictures vanished--gone--wiped out! I've finally been able to get them all back in---I ended up republishing to each post (after searching and searching for other methods...evidently Picasa had an issue with this just in time for me to experience it). I hope the pics STAY. Well, I AM back---but I'm off again (pretend I didn't say that). I HAVE to go to bed and SLEEP--my eyes are like squinty, red, burning marbles from looking at this monitor for hours! I gotta rest up for the next adventure of the Unknown Blogger--"Hi Yo..zzzzzz
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
The above quote has always seemed deeply true to me, "I am the sum total of all my experiences." This is my self-portrait which is 45" long and 37 3/4" wide. I drew a pattern for the parts of the body, cut out the leaves/ vines/ buds freehand. The pictures are of me at various times and ages and all made the same sepia tone to blend more together and with the "flesh." I transferred them onto inkjet fabric sheets, cut them out, and ironed them on. The words and phrases are all about me either in the past, present, or all through my life. I wrote and embroidered them by hand. The "body" has batting under the "parts" and are hand appliqued on, as are the vines, leaves, buds. I used yarn for the hair and hand beaded over various pieces and parts. The entire piece is hand quilted.
Making this was actually very interesting. I have always been aware of, and worked on, my spiritual and emotional life. I have experienced a lot of healing and progress over the years, but, even so, this project seemed to "settle" and calm me,also. Following are some detail shots of this piece.