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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

painting with words


recently read Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry. meant for younger readers but a very good quick read.  a story woven with mending. in every sense of the word. mending fabric. mending relationships. mending society. and a search for blue. the color of peace.

the main character is a "threader". an artist. gifted.
"Kira had always had a clever way with her hands. When she was still a tyke, her mother had taught her to use a needle, to pull it through woven fabric and create a pattern with colored threads. But suddenly, recently, the skill had become more than simple cleverness. In one astounding burst of creativity, her ability had gone far beyond her mother's teaching. Now, without instruction or practice, without hestitancy, her fingers felt the way to twist and weave and stitch the sprecial threads together to create designs rich and explosive with color. She did not understand how the knowledge had come to her. But it was ther, in her fingertips, and now they trembled slightly with egerness to start."

also contained withing this small treasure
 are numerous references to dye plants and the color they yield.
 some were new to me.

2 comments:

  1. Hello Brenda you were the last person to leave a comment on my blog www.thesearedbluehaircomment.blogspot.com. So I came over to see what you've been up too and was delighted to read that you are practically a neighbor.. haha .. ok I do live in SC but I read on one of your posts that you'd taken lots of photos at John C. Campbell folk school and it's not too far from me .. well a few hours .. but I really just wanted to tell you that I loved looking at your work and their fabulous!!! Some of your images remind me of some acetone transfers I did while in my last year of college. I have done more since but don't have access to a press so .. i miss that but have found new ways of being creative. I am very process oriented and love creating tactile work, texture, etc. I have too many loves i think .. in art. .. not enough time to execute everything that floats around in my brain. haha .. anyway .. just wanted to say hi and tell you I love your work!!! Tammy :)

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