Tuesday, September 23, 2014

cottage studio

Lightly child, lightly
Learn to do everything light-ly
Even though you're feeling deeply,
Lightly let things happen
And lightly cope with them on tip toes
And with no luggage
grand daughter Aili Evelyn 6 months and her proud dad
Completely unencumbered.

Aldous Huxley


  1. Unencumbered.
    Let things happen.
    That is my heart's song of late.
    Look forward to hearing more about this cloth.

  2. I am preparing a piece for an exhibition in newfoundland in 2015. The exhibition's title is "wild, pure, aesthetic wonder"....and that title alone inspires me.

    My piece is a wool blanket dyed with blackberry vine and iron - and then appliqued and french knotted. Both sides are the right side - the appliquéd fabrics are plant dyed from Manitoulin plants plus some harris tweeds I purchased in Scotland in 2012.

    This post is set at the summer cottage - my studio there is the dining room because it has the best natural light. i need to work at a table for this piece because it is unwieldy....very heavy and difficult to stitch the two sides neatly at the same time.

    I didn't put all this info in the blog post because the purity and simplicity of that dining room space and the innocence of aili, my grandaughter....would not allow any more words than Huxley's. Thanks for kind of asking for some explanation Jeanne....I am happy to give it.


  3. if I could draw a smile that stretches over a whole face and beams itself outward away from the flat screen and in to another beings' heart, I would.

  4. What a beautiful post.

    I love the cloth, the simplicity colours, everything.

  5. You are a poet in your work !
    Love the colours in this cloth. Back to the earth.

  6. Brown with dabs of color! Just peaceful - Hugs Nat

  7. how the natural dyes exude some sort of constant peace.

  8. the girl child, may she inherit your

  9. Lightly child

    And a blessed child of Light. And your heart/hand work.

    I needed this poem. Thanks so much.

  10. Aili means 'light' in Estonian.

  11. I agree: further elaboration would've seemed irreverent in the post of simplicity. I appreciate you taking the time to tell more here. My mouth catches a lot of flies the way it hangs open in pure, unadulterated awe at how many different aesthetics you generate with what I consider to be your signature stitches. And that granddaughter? Oh my goodness gracious. xo

  12. lightly. at school the kids are so heavy, loud, needy. i want more lightly in my life. in my work, too.

  13. I didn't know that Aldous Huxley wrote poetry. How beautiful. And what a sweet little grand daughter you have!

  14. so beautiful, and a gorgeous baby too, I will take the quote to my heart thank you Emmax

  15. Lightly, lightly
    Gently, gently with gorgeous Aili!


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