My most consistent work for the past 10 months has been the design, fabric dye, cutting and sewing of Canopy, the next quilt. Images to follow. Coincidentally, the last post on this blog before now, was "quilt, quilt, quilt, quilt, quilt, quilt, quilt" where I was talking about, now titled, Bridge, the quilt inspired by Anni Albers' work and by the work of psychotherapy and dreams that I had begun to focus on at the time. This too is a work related to psychotherapy, dreamwork and active imagination - inner contemplation or diaglogue with the symbols of my life. The canopy of trees that I reference is the forest canopy in my childhood patch of forest next to our house where I would play with my sister for hours during warm seasons. Lying on the forest floor, smelling the humus of the leaf decomposing soil, and seeing the sunlight filter through the leaves - this is a wholehearted memory self as Self. That memory was reinforced by love, love of another childhood place that seemed to love me and later a place for falling in love with my now husband, Christian. Christian and I would lay on the forest floor and talk for as much time as we could steal away while working at the outdoor summer camp, Camp Hanover, in Virginia. That place, the forest there, memories before and after knowing Christian were rich with life and self as Self for me. When imagining a place that holds great potential for healing and self knowing, I think of the forest floor, protected and created by the beautiful forest canopy. Perhaps this quilt already begs a sister - the imagery of the rich and aromatic forest floor.
|Canopy sketch for quilt, Jan. - Feb. 2015|
|My fingers, my sewing machine, my quilt|