Archives for category: Craft/Art dialog

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey” Kenji Miyazawa

Working on the 13th tapestry piece gives me control over my life and creative expression.

“Art teaches us to express how we feel and so alchemize it. Art acknowledges that feelings are mutable and that we contain the power to mutate the dross of our wounds into the ore of art. In this sense, art gives us the ability to always move out of the victim position.

When bullying life demands of us some injustice:” You want to make something of it?”

The artful answer is yes .”

Walking in This World by Julia Cameron

Only 4 more tapestry pieces to go, then the task of making some kind of sense and harmony out of the collection of parts.

Or maybe not?

Can you have harmony with chaos? Harmony with discord?

Last weekend was spent relaxing and making embroidered Folk Art Christmas decorations for family and friends at the Chestnut Creek farmhouse. Outside was cold and rainy. Inside was snug and warm, surrounded by the gorgeous colors of felt and embroidery threads.

8 days left to Christmas! And working on my 19th decoration…Still have a few more to do before Christmas Eve.

Looking at Maria Prymachenko’s folk art drawings for design ideas for our Folk Art Embroidered Christmas Ornaments class

Maria’s fantastical beast with radiating circles for eyes
Elephant with stars

Stitch Inspiration from “Modern Folk Embroidery” by Nancy Nicholson

The Hirsch Wellness Network, Monday November 23, 2020

We had a relaxing and fun zoom class ( yes, it can be done!) yesterday. I demonstrated how to make a paper tissue bowl- adding decorative tissue paper from the dollar store. In some ways, this class was easier to teach with zoom, since everyone could let their balloons dry overnight at home without having to worry about having to transport the wet bowls from class- which we did last year.

10 pieces completed
Starting the 11th tapestry piece

Last year I wrote about creating small, intimate tapestries. My last tapestry at the Tapestry Weavers South Exhibit was 6″ x 61/2.”

My latest tapestries are 12″ x 12″ ( double the size!) Each tapestry is one part of a much larger tapestry that will be 4′ x 4′.

This is quite a shift in scale from my previous tapestries. So what happened?

It is a direct response to the events that are playing out in 2020. Personal health problems; a pandemic; political turmoil.

Yet I am working from the same impulse as my previous tapestries.

This impulse is one that is described in Jane Kidd’s talk from Tapestry 2008, “To Practice in the Middle: A Craft/Art dialogue”

I refer to her description of the ‘reparative gesture’ which she believe is particularly applicable to tapestry.

” The concept of the ‘reparative gesture’ derives from psychoanalyst Melanie Klein and has been used in contemporary art discourse art theorist Jean Randolph who writes:

” The reparative gesture is altruistic, generous and synthetic. It does not cast out what is impure or ruined. It reconstructs, reinterprets, and illuminates the potential of the impure subject, object, idea or form. The reparative impulse attempts an integration of grief for the lost ideal with the desire to make good for injury done. Reparative action is the endeavor to restore. Rather than hiding traces of damage, it integrates them with grief of the lost ideal and the remaining qualities of value.”

My tapestry is “in pieces” and I am working to bring the pieces together to make a complete whole. But the pieces do not “match” each other- there are no perfect seams or edges, and each piece has very different yarns and colors, stripes and textures. They are all slightly different sizes. My goal is to combine the pieces, accept the differences and present an image that is integrated, beautiful in itself as itself, and whole.

The tapestry image of the day lily will not match the perfect proportions or colors of the day lily that blooms so beautifully in nature. However, my tapestry day lily is not ephemeral.

Maugis

Reconquering Burgundy, resurrecting Charles the Bold

Cooking Without Limits

Food Photography & Recipes

Photography Art Plus

Photography, Animals, Flowers, Nature, Sky

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Fibre art by Jean Ottosen

NC Alternative Crops and Organics

art in fibers and fabric

around the garden

art in fibers and fabric

studiotempera

art in fibers and fabric