Wednesday, January 29, 2014

a reverence for nature and time


We've had more snow and more cold temperatures this winter than any other since I was a child.  To mark this, I took my new woolen piece outside to photograph.  With the snow blanket.
I had just re-read this book .
I learned that in Japan, red and white cloth is used to denote a village festival or other kind of celebration. 
That the Japanese aesthetic is sensitive to nature.
That there is a reverence for those moments briefly glimpsed.
The passage of time is important  in the Japanese aesthetic and there is a kind of beauty in the accumulation of time.  
A reverence.
 

5 comments:

  1. beautiful work Judy is this a combination of weaving and embroidery? I think you would love reading "The Garden of Evening Mists" by Tan Twan Eng

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  2. Mo, the long piece is woven - but not by me.

    It is a vintage wool blanket that I have re-constructed and then mended and embroidered.

    Thank you for the book suggestion - I'll look into it.

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  3. Nature is key to my existence, it is hard to explain. I feel whole when I'm outside. Your work is stunning.It is fitting that your piece should be outside, to soak up the living.

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  4. The little bundle in the bottom photo is pussy willow branches from the spring of 2012, wrapped in a linen and lace table doily, then stitched into with wool, bound up with leather.

    To me, it's about nurturing.

    Thank you Susan.

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  5. there is a beauty that comes with being repeatedly rubbed by life. holes come, are lovingly mended, and you go on to lay atop the snow-covered woodpile. i love how you treat your pieces with reverence but not like they're just too precious for words, taking them out into the world, plopping them down in nature . . . where they're so obviously right at home. and i wish i had something really short and spot-on to say, but well, this one has me all tang-tongueled.

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