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textile therapy

i’ve been under the weather this week and finally succombed to dragging myself (actually phil drug me there) into the the doctor for a z-pack and some sympathy. with all the paperwork and computer work to do i figured a couple days of that and i would be better but it wasn’t working. we’ll see if this helps. some textile therapy seemed to be in order and inspired by some of the others in jude’s contemporary woven boro class i committed a little orange to a woven sample. i started making these little pieces into prayer flags of a sort. i see them all strung up and flapping in the wind somewhere. have yet to figure out where. a couple of people had done some works in blues and orange and i liked them so much i needed my own fix.
just holding it in my hand and wondering how to stitch it – i’m feeling better…something about these colors complementary nature seems to have the right vibrations.
Speaking of textile therapy, some of you will remember Wendy from here or here, depending on how long you have been following along. She has been quietly continuing the good work that she does and today a new article by Wendy appears in the recent online edition of HandEye.

the topsy turvy indigo doll is a good listener.

a little something from HandEye

Awhile back Wendy Golden-Levitt called me up and did a little phone interview with me in advance of writing this article, which just came out in the recent online version of HandEye magazine.

We talked about a lot of things and although I wasn’t sure exactly what she took away from our little chat I trusted her intuition and ability to not only hear my words but feel the the intent and passion in regards to some of that which we discussed. After seeing the article “in print” I was pleased to see that part of the article spoke to my feelings about kids these days and what I perceive as a huge hole that we have allowed to develop in their education. We have removed so much of the joy, the potential for passion, curiosity, and wonder that it feels as if we are creating empty beings. Contemporary (K-12) public education feels like random dots on a page without a system for the students to connect the dots back to their everyday lives, or as Wendy puts it, we ask them “to develop their intellect and study for reasons that ignore their own well-being”. And although there are many groups and people (myself included) trying to counteract these losses in public schools the fact remains that we end up teaching (preaching) to the choirs with minimal effect on the condition as a whole. I feel wary of letting more generations of kids get through school like this, without experiencing passion for something, passions that may ultimately carry them through tough times in their lives ahead. As we all know- a career in art, music, dance, or theater is a difficult and unlikely choice, but a passion for any one of these things is an opportunity to grow and discover part of yourself regardless of one’s ultimate vocation. We are driven by fear to do so many things these days-whether or not they are good for us. Look at all the commercials that are based on feeding off our fears. The arts can teach us to overcome our fears in so many ways. Ahhh….fear. Another topic for another day. I thank Wendy for crafting the right words.

…in other news:
milo has taken an interest in the “other” cats

then retired to rest in the “in” box. he’s just that kind o’ cool!

the “cats”
this one is has just shed its skin. i think it’s in its third-instar
i think he/she looks more like a dog now

and these guys remind me that we all are all unique and develop at our own pace-
it’s just a matter of time and patience usually

a heart in the right place

I know many of you remember the Wendy from my new years blog post. Today, the new issue of Hand Eye features a full article on Wendy Golden-Levitt’s therapy work with children utilizing textiles. She facilitates the process through a rare sensitivity to the child’s needs allowing for textiles to help channel the stories the children have to tell. Here is a recent photo she sent me of another child with the “magic talking stick” – a drumstick with a tail of silk shibori ribbon attached. Such a simple pleasure.

Over the past year that I have communicated and shared my work with Wendy a simple email from her telling me a story of how a piece of ribbon or scrap of silk or indigo helped a child tell a story inspires me endlessly. This article has really got me going today.
Plus, I am happy to report that all the cats have been located and none of them were blue. Must have been the wind we had that “blew” the lid off the indigo vat and not one of the cats falling in…phew! The lid has been secured and PETA does not have to cite me for unethically dyeing a cat indigo blue!