Love this art found in a mundane office in TN. Its very inspiring. I doubt they got it at WM, but hopefully it is even an original!
Definitely hot..... today is nice compared to most of the rest of the month. I have almost finished the flamingo, and the guild challenge, and am working on a number of things. Made a top (to WEAR!) hated it, and have already consigned it to the Goodwill pile.
Need a quilt with a food theme so started on that today!!!!!!!!! Want to have tuna swimming around so been looking at tuna pictures to get inspiration...
Just a bit of a sneak preview. This is my project between quilts... I have been working and working on the guild challenge and wanted to do something different... so I decided to make this black and pink piece... here it is at the machine... can you tell what it is?
Thrills I have 3 little hens now! Since they came from Tina's house, they are all named Tina something or other. They have all been laying ever since they got here. I have just finished putting in a concrete floor in the chicken house because we have had some sneaky predators who dug their way under the wall and into the house. Now I just have to wait and see what they think of next.
A visit to a friend's house gave me lots of inspirations, but I wanted to record two of them here. She has an incredible craft room and jewelry collection, both purchased and items she has made. I fell in love with these silk flowers. They are just yummy and they have beads too! What more could you want?
Outside, the animals are interesting as well. These are sheep, not goats... but I know, don't they look like goats? Barbary sheep. And they are quite wild, I took lots of pictures but in most of them they look like they are about to jump out of their skins so this was my favorite...
"My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.
You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.
I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.
Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.
In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.
We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn't you say you were a believer? Didn't you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn't you ask for grace? Don't you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?
Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.
What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.
One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these - to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.
Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.
There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.
The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for. "
By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves.
I have always thought these things were mushrooms, but its not a fungus at all, t's really a flowering plant-- in the blueberry family! This is one of about 3000 species of non-photosynthetic (i.e. heterotrophic) flowering plants.
Monotropa uniflora can actually grow in dark environments because it is not dependent on light for photosynthesis. It favors rich habitats-- dense moist forests with much surface leaf litter, often in a situation that is too shaded for autotrophic (photosynthetic) growth. There are relatives of this plant that occur throughout the world.
We saw lots of these on a walk at my sister's house... they look very artistic!!!!!!
Dialogues: Contemporary Responses to Marie Webster Quilts - Bret Waller Gallery, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA • June 23, 2016 - September 4, 2016
SAQA members from 8 Midwestern states are included in this juried exhibition coordinated by Kate Lenkowsky. Artists were invited to submit work that is inspired by and responds to the early 20th century quilts designed and made by Indiana native, Marie Daugherty Webster (1859-1956). Niloo Paydar, Curator of Textiles and Fashion Arts at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, was the juror for this exhibition, organized in conjunction with the IMA's exhibition of "A Joy Forever: Marie Webster Quilts."
I was thrilled to have my quilt accepted into this prestigious show. To enter, you needed to create a quilt as a modern response to one of her quilts from the early 20th century. I chose to respond to her quilt Pink Roses/American Beauty.
Here is what I said about my version:
My quilt is the modern interpretation of Marie Webster’s Pink Rose/American Beauty. Marie’s quilt shows somewhat abstracted roses arranged formally in a repeating symmetrical pattern. It is very modern for its time but expresses a rigidity that mirrors women’s expected roles in society. I like to think my quilt might express a Marie Webster of today, with the increased freedom women have to pursue their goals, to reach for the sky and bloom, to not be constrained by traditional bonds. Slashed fabric, raw edges, wild and unfettered stitchery, fabric of differing weight and origin, melded together to represent a woman’s art today.
Here is my quilt:
Here are some shots from the exhibit:
I learned to make a flange several years ago and then couldn't ever remember that name! I came up with 2 ways to make them now, but neither is exactly how I think I did them originally.
I'm working away on several quilts at once... this pink lily is giving me fits because I think it is BORING if I just left it at this and quilted it... so I keep staring at it up there on the design board and thinking of ways to change it... IT WILL BE CHANGED.... and CHANGED UP!
Today is our 32nd anniversary so we are going to go play! We are going to visit Charles and Sherri who were there at the original event. Maybe they will serve us shrimp like they did then...
I have always been an artist and with art quilts I have found a way to combine my two loves of painting and textiles.