Thursday, December 31, 2020

Fare Well

Today is the last day of 2020 and I am thinking about endings.                                                         About things feeling finished.     About turning the page.
Above is  Underfoot The Earth Divine, one of the few pieces I finished during the pandemic.
The first image in this post is the reverse side of the piece, and it high lights the lovely wool thread drawing that happened spontaneously.   
The second image shows the front, pieced from rescued damask table linens.  You can see where I cut holes into the piecework in the lower half, and then repaired them with velvet.  

Good bye 2020.  

We've had many challenges this year.  

We've learned a lot about our selves.  We've learned that we can rely on our own selves.                 We've learned that we are strong and we are beautiful.  We've learned that we will figure it out.


I spoke about these ideas of inner strength and softness in the lecture I gave in Toronto last October.  The lecture shares about where I live and about the creation of my work.  It details the spring and summer of 2020 and shows how my work helps me to carry on through emotional turmoil. I learn to trust myself through the step by step making of each piece.   

The lecture shows how I've learned how to let things rest when I don't know quite what to do next.  
And that mending and correcting errors  are essential because the journey of broken-ness is part of each piece and also part of me as a human.
The lecture seems a little slow at the beginning, but I encourage you to visit it when you have a quiet 45 minutes.  I hope that you can find the time for a visit with me, my dear friends.  Here's the link.

Thank you very much for being with me through 2020.  I felt your support.  Love You!   

27 comments:

  1. you turning the page and and I am thinking about pages.
    Love and good wishes...

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    1. Best wishes to you dear jude as we move forward into 2021.

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  2. (((Judy))) this is such a beautiful post letting the old year go, I listened to your lecture as I stitched in the dawn on this first day of January here in the Land Down Under.

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    1. I can picture you dear Mo. Best wishes to you as we go forward step by step, stitch by stitch xxxx love you

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  3. Thank you Judy, I will listen to your lecture later today. It is the best way to start a new year, getting inspired by an artist that I admire so much.

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    1. Blandina, happy new year. Let’s do our best

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  4. I have listened and will listen again ... good things are well worth repeating

    wishing you and yours a wonder-full new year

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    1. Thank you for this feedback. I wish the same for you xo

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  5. I have followed your blog for a long time and am thrilled to have been able to listen to you talking about your work. Thank you for sharing; as always your thoughts give much to contemplate upon.
    Best wishes for the coming year, Jane

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    1. Have a good year Jane, and thank you for this feedback. Trust that you do know what to do next xo

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  6. thank you for sharing this...such a wonderful way for me to start a new year...and still so early in my stitching journey.

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    1. how lucky you are to be at the beginning of your path. So much adventure and nourishment ahead xo

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  7. Oh Judy, your video is absolutely inspiring. I have struggled with my art practise through the pandemic. Your video is one of a few things that have coalesced to push me past resistance and to reconnect with my work. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work and the contemplation behind it. Wishing you light and love for 2021. Dale

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    1. Thank you for this generous feedback Dale. It has been hard to keep going sometimes, because everything is strange. For me, it's been an anchor, and I stitch to save my life. xo

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  8. Love you too. Heartfelt thanks for everything in these pages.

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    1. You are most welcome dear Camilla. Happy new year xo

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  9. Dear Judy I am about to go listen to your video, before I do can I just say that your beautiful piece Underfoot The Earth Divine along with your words here in your post have given me a feeling I find hard to put into words, perhaps inner peace, love, letting go when we need to do so and hope. God Bless you and keep you safe over the coming year.

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    1. Dear Marlene, there is so much breath and touch in our hand made work, so much BODY. Thank you for your beautifully written comment, it is full of love. Love you xo

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  10. wow that was a great, inspiring and inspired talk, thx Judy...wishing you a happy new year

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    1. i am glad that you took the time to listen dear Saskia. It is a document of a time we all went through, and all have our own story worth telling. love you x

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  11. Thank you Judy. You are such a gift to the world. My heart feels full listening to your words, seeing your images, and imagining touch.

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  12. In the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep i heard and looked at your video. It touched me deeply. I don't find words yet it's all emotion a sort of inner floating. It pushed something I cannot describe for now but it will develop. I'm so grateful. I wished I could find better words. So I only say thank you. Doris

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  13. As I always tell you, I know I can come here for calm & peace...so much so today as the news here today is so awful.
    I will come back to your talk later, when I can focus. For now, I breathe in the quiet.

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  14. Thank you for sharing your work and words. It's a gentleness in the whirlwind climate of things right now. I sat in the car, under the sun, and felt really thankful to listen to your lecture.

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  15. raz nev3:26 pm

    thank you for every post of yours, they are all so inspiring and teaching and mending and encouraging, really thank you from the bottom of my heart, raz

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Thank you for taking the time to connect. Much appreciated.xx