Friday, May 02, 2014

mother daughter wildflower book

I made a book about the walks I took with daughter April when she was six.  We had just moved to Manitoulin, and the wildflowers were abundant in June. We collected one every walk and then would go home to identify it.  Press it.
I also saved drawings that our two younger daughters made of powerful women, and seven years after that walk they were heat transferred to fabric pages.  The pressed flowers were placed behind hand stitched mylar.  The book also has some embroidered text that our third and oldest daughter said to me when she was fifteen and my thoughts about it.  I'll show  it another time.  Maybe. 
I'm packing the supplies that Sandra Brownlee has requested us to bring to her workshop 'Tactile Notebooks'  next week.  This book is just one of many cloth journals I've made over the years. Memories and conversations with myself made visible.  (I'm not taking it, just sharing it here)  
 

11 comments:

Karen said...

What a lovely and meaningful document of a specific time spent with your daughters. I'm sure you'll enjoy the Sandra Brownlee workshop and that you'll have much to process in the days and weeks following. Take pictures! xxoo

Ms. said...

Whew.
Everything you touch turns to gold, to poetry. What a fine legacy.

Susan said...

I like this so much. A most beautiful combination of personal and botanical record keeping. Thanks so much for sharing this, Judy.
My grandma loved wild flowers and plant identification and she passed it on to my mother and to me. I love so many women who share a love of plants.
Your new work previous post is so beautiful too and I see some ties to this book.

eb said...

this is very beautiful
such a treasure

mansuetude said...

You are a Vital (vitality) power, force of testament of love entwined to time.

wholly jeanne said...

What fun! I trust you'll share bits from the workshop. I'm already drooling in anticipation.

Montse Llamas said...

I love how you document life and love through your diaries. You are a great artist, Judy.

Serena Potter said...

if I ever win the lottery, for a month I am relocating to be your neighbor so you can teach me all these delicious techniques! very lovely

bridgette said...

My daughter is 4 years old now and she leaves me little flowers or blades of grass or pine needles or I guess whatever she finds worthy- and leaves them on my nightstand for me to find. It's really sweet. I should press and save these treasures and make a book one day from them. Thank you for sharing this book!

Velma Bolyard said...

a beautiful layered memoir. i wanted to do sandra's workshop, too, as well as tim ely's AND yoshika wada's. sigh!

April said...

mom, how did and do you do it all?

YOU DA BEST

x