Wednesday, December 10, 2014

- Life is short ... enjoy every minute

As we were out cactus and bush whacking this morning, my eye was caught by two perfect feathers. This is unusual ... it is rare enough to find one perfect feather, let alone two.

"Kachina feathers!" I called over to Don.

At which point he noticed many more feathers, some bloody ... no body to be seen ... but there was a hole at the base of a nearby tree, a den perhaps, so we gave it a wide berth as we gathered ...


wondering if it was a fox that did the deed ... although I'm beginning to suspect the local stray cat that frequents our neck of the woods.

Anyway, the feathers are now in the freezer ... a strategy suggested by our hosts at Ravens Ridge who claim it kills the mites that otherwise turn feathers into ragged shadows of themselves.

Later in the day, we headed to the Fiber Art Show that I first read about on Grace's Windthread. Lovely pieces, but I was discouraged by how many were machine-stitched. Underlying Order would have caught my eye had it been there, no question about it.

I asked if photos were allowed ... and was pleased by the affirmative answer.  As we strolled through, Don was taken by a piece that brought Kachinas to mind ...

Note the feathers ...


and by the golden piece behind it ...


the color more faithfully captured in this detail ...



But my eye was caught by this rusted gem ...


which included a fair bit of hand embellishment along with machine stitching ... 


Turns out it was made by a neighbor just down the road ... a kindred spirit, for sure ...


But I've saved the best for last and will let the pictures of Sara Coppedge's Enigma speak for themselves ...



A day well spent, not a minute wasted ...

10 comments:

Dana said...

Enigma is indeed entrancing. Thank you for sharing the details.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

i think Flicker feathers?
and thank you for saying that about Underlying Order...
will you connect with the woman down the road?

Liz Ackert said...

Indeed it is ... I finally tracked down the correct Sara Coppedge and added her to my Kindred Spirits links

Liz Ackert said...

I was wondering what the feathers might be ... don't know that I've seen a flicker here (we certainly had them in Virginia), but perhaps a woodpecker since we seem to have them in abundance
And as you commented once "I only tell the truth" ... Underlying Order is a beautiful piece
Finally, I actually did meet Connie Akers when we first moved to Cascade Trail, but her house was not yet built at the time. I'm hoping we might re-connect sometime

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

that's it, probably, then. They are the same family, woodpeckers flickers sapsuckers

Mo Crow said...

those feathers are a good score & thanks for sharing the beautiful artwork!
re feathers,
freezing works but I had to refreeze my collection after losing a lot of feathers and fur back in 2009 then again earlier this year to mortuary beetles!

Liz Ackert said...

Just read your post about mortuary beetles ... another thing I never knew. We do have found feathers that we keep for the pleasure of looking and I always assumed that light and dust were their only enemies.
So forewarned is forearmed ... any creating with feathers will be done with an eye to the need for future replacement (and meanwhile, a dose of Muchelle's bleach potion couldn't hurt).
Thanks muchly!

Liz Ackert said...

Uh, that would be "Michelle" ... where is autocorrect when I need it?

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

woodpecker feathers I think

what a wonderful art tour

Liz Ackert said...

I think they are woodpecker feathers, too ... funny how obvious it seemed once Grace mentioned flickers

As for the art ... I so enjoy tours of other galleries hosted on blogs ... it was fun to contribute oneself