Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Like Braille

Rod's words feel amazing on Mo's satin, front ...


and back ...


Although I need to clarify that the back shown here will actually be the front upon which the cloth shreds will hang ...


while Rod's lyrics to I dream of a world will be entirely readable from the back ...


A double A-side, if you will.

I did stitch a few more shreds, too. A bit of Ulrike (Nemo Ignorat) cloth ...


more Deb Lacativa cloth ...


And this pair, stitched on indigo-dyed cloth gifted by Hazel at Handstories ...






Monday, October 16, 2017

Dream state

When I first thought about how it might go with Mo's pennon, I envisioned it stitched in words from John Lennon's Mind games including the lyric "love is the answer." I even went so far as to track down the copyright holder in order to request permission to use the lyrics in their entirety.

Of course, it didn't quite go in that direction. Instead, the cloth shreds emerged and began populating the space.

But as the shreds reached a critical mass, my mind returned to the original thought ... with a twist. What if I used Old Man Crow's lyrics? 

So I asked for and received permission to use the words from Rod Morgan's I dream of a world and set to work. 

As posted yesterday, first the pennon was dyed with windfall lichen, which gave it a beautiful golden glow ...


Then I plotted out on paper how the lyrics might fit onto the pennon ...


and finally began to stitch the vision into reality ...


I'm thinking this may take a while.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lichening

We have windfall lichen in abundance ...


scattered in the leaf litter ...


beneath the live oaks ...


It was easily gathered ...


then laid upon Mo's satin pennon ...


which was folded over ...


rolled and bound ...


Layered above and below with more lichen-clad twigs, which will provide tannin ...


then covered in boiling tap water and left to steep, the heady fragrance of rain-soaked woods drifting from the pot ...


The hardest part will be the waiting.

Addendum:

A sneak peek ...


So far, the cotton tie is picking up more color than the satin.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Continuing

Lyrics from the song "Wild Things" used with permission ...

"The wild things are out there chasing the sun"

 from Mo's magnificent opus The Illustrated Lyrics of Old Man Crow ...


Look carefully in the lower right corner ...


A quote from Wendell Berry ...

"Again I resume the long lesson"

A long-held belief from my days attending Quaker meetings ...

"War is not the answer"
and this ...

namaste