Monday, December 20, 2010

spinning time

My student days are with me again and I'm consumed by all the new information that I gather and try and make into myself.  It's taken months for me to return to some sense of normalcy, and my second project feels centered and clear.  Yes I dyed and printed all these fabrics--some velvet, linen, cotton and silk,  sewn in time for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi.  This brave and wonderful woman has resisted a vicious and cruel regime and still retains gentle grace and forgiveness for those who oppress her and her country.  As I sew and weave my tapestries, I have sensed myself on a different time to that around me.  Slow and steady, like the heartbeat of the earth, I shape space with colours and build slowly into my images.  Here, I have time to think, to feel the changes around us with reason and calm.  Yet the act of creation is itself fraught with tension, the choices, the placement, the desire for more, to do more. Perhaps I haven't achieved the perfect balance, but as I stitch it all together, a project that remains unfinished, the scales shift.
May everyone have a blessed season of family and friends-love and good food.  May the light shine upon us and bring us peace.