Friday, July 17, 2015

- Done for now: Hearts for Charleston is heading to Massachusetts

After adding some more stitch to the horizontal strips ...


and twenty cross stitches representing the children, young and grown, left behind by the nine who lost their lives at Emanuel ...


this piece of Hearts for Charleston feels done ...


I'll sleep on it, of course. But the cloth is already so freighted with symbolism (intended and unintended alike) that it doesn't feel right to add any more to it.

Thanks again to Dee Mallon for enabling me to take this journey through sadness and wonder. I have learned much along the way.

And to Deb Sposa's students: art, craft, creativity (whatever name you choose to give it) has the potential to change you in ways you can't imagine. It is worth every moment spent in pursuit of what you feel called to do.

22 comments:

deemallon said...

It holds so much CARE in the form of symbolism, and yet, the design and look is elegant, inviting and just wonderful. I'll email you my address. I will be linking to this post and earlier ones as we get closer to a finished piece. Your process has been so inspiring to watch.

Mo Crow said...

time to fly

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you Dee ... somehow, blogging my way through the process makes things apparent that I might otherwise miss. Very selfish, really ... but perhaps the end justifies the means

Liz Ackert said...

It's going to be hard to return to quotidian cloth ... but yes, it's time

Mo Crow said...

the collective heart opening of this cloth is strong magic

Liz Ackert said...

Your Nine Hearts cloth was inspirational ...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

will all this change how your work will be, do you think???? all this BeautyFull "looseness?"

Liz Ackert said...

With each piece I let go a little more ... so yes, this changed me.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

i wish, Liz, that you could have been there for all the online work with Jude. It changed us All.
we wove like she wove. we stitched like she stitched and we drifted too, into our Own.
You would have LOVED it. I wish somehow it could happen again. Probably not.
yet...we just go and we GIVE to one another along the way

Liz Ackert said...

I took most of her courses on a "go at your own pace" basis ... but I would have given anything for a way into the forum exchanges ... let alone a way into the original "what if ..." diaries. But better late than never ...

Liz Ackert said...

Thank goodness I squeaked into Considering Weave ... I wonder sometimes about Jo and wish there was a way to re-connect.

ARTISUN said...

A masterpiece is so many ways Liz, I could study it for hours. And so heartfelt. Can't wait for Dee to see it and do her magic with it. Thank you too for the shout out :)

Liz Ackert said...

One good shout (out) deserves another :)

I left quite a bit dangling off the edges ... hope Dee can put that to good use (I figure it can always be cut off but if it's gone, it's of no use)

Dee Mallon said...

the potency of documenting the process is one of the MAIN things I learned from Jude... not selfish at all

deemallon said...

YIKES! I'm going to actually have to finish something.

Liz Ackert said...

Well, I sat down to fully document and was astonished at how much I ended up with. I'll send you a copy so you can pick and choose what is useful for the project.

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

love catching up here with all the different threads of thought going back and forth, through several blogs, and how they/we interconnect; it's really something very special to be a part of 'this'

Dana said...

Every time I have seen this block as it has taken shape the word "intense" has come into my mind. It reminds me of a roiling body of water with a still surface. The more you peer into it the more you see and feel. Thanks for this, Liz.

Liz Ackert said...

I took part in India Flint's Solace project, but this feels much more immediate ... raw even.

It has been amazing to watch the other squares come together and I can't wait to see how Dee pulls them all together.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you for saying this, Dana. I've been plagued by doubt ...

handstories said...

Oh, those nine crosses. Such good heart work. Full of amazing grace.

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... it has been a time of grace