This is a strange journey for me because I am totally drawn in creating these adorable figures, just finished one and straight on to the next and have so many drawings and ideas for future creatures. However, as I am creating them I am constantly asking myself, why am I doing this? what is the reason behind making what is essentially a doll. They enchant me, each has a personality and a soul that didn’t exist before I started making them, but as the eyes are created something pulls me in and really touches me emotionally. Is each one displaying a facet of me? Painting, sketching and creating on paper and with paper has always been my passion, so to find myself manifesting in this way is a complete surprise and in some way makes me feel somewhat uncomfortable, in fact some days it is so strong that I am telling myself to go back to painting, but I just cannot pull myself away. This particular creative path right now will have a gift in it somewhere for sure, I must be doing this for a reason, so for now I shall just sit back and watch it all unfold and see where this journey takes me.
This particular doll is cloth, its arms and legs are jointed and his head is needle felted from Welsh hill’s sheep wool. The clothes are all hand stitched and hand knitted with vintage and found fabrics and hand dyed wool yarn. It was a joy to make, seeing it come to life in my hands was quite magical as it was if my little Persian cats Lilly and Ferdy had been reincarnated. Ferdy was a chinchilla and Lily Sealpoint, Long gone now though, I miss them.
now with ears!!
What a great month, for most part I was in Greece, I painted, took photographs, swam, walked amongst the pines and generally relaxed. Here are some of the memories
Breathtakingly beautiful. I so love the sea………………………….. Mickey Smith living creatively and with passion
Just had to share the video, made me feel all warm inside
Play the Crystals video singing AND THEN HE KISSED ME, whilst viewing a perfect coupling !
It tries so hard to communicate with us every moment, but do we listen?
just look at these fungi bursting up through that moist magical soil, what do you feel, what comes to mind?
This video is so beautiful to watch, a real feast for the eyes. Its 10 minutes long, grab a coffee and sit down and watch, it’s really worth it !
What we need is to foster the principles and aims and spirit of the Declaration of Interdependence
Listen to these words of Howard Zinn, they are so true and we need to wake up! read by Matt Damon please watch
just had to post this, its so beautiful, not the fact its Alexander McQueen or Damien Hirst that an aside really, but the ethereal, flowing silk, like the gossamer thin wings of a butterfly
these past weeks my ever enquiring creative mind has been journeying along a sewing path, in fact there are two paths running parallel.
One fairly structured, neatly folded lengths of pure grey merino wool, inky blue linen, oiled and waxed cotton, and an armful of patterns and notions. All awaiting the alchemy that happens when scissors, fabric, pins and sewing machine work their magic. All courtesy of Merchant and Mills in Rye, they have a great on-line shop but there is nothing like a visit, getting to meet the owners and feeling the cloth in one’s hand………………..
My other path of threads and fabrics has taken me along the route of a totally hand stitched product, repurposed fabrics, frayed edges, hand dying and embroidered embellishments, a lot of this is still in my head and sketches. I want to create a “cloth” something that speaks about the world I inhabit internally. A world away from machines, from the world’s hardened edges, a soft yet powerful place where the seeds of creativity are birthed. These two ladies helped help spring this journey into life
Judith Hill – spirit cloth
I came upon this footage today, forget about the underwear just sit back for 3 minutes and watch this foot tingling footage.
Although I found it quite breathtaking in many ways, the total confidence in these young men as they skip along at dizzying heights and remembering what it is like to stand at high altitude, the heart expands with the sheer beauty of it all. However, life is sacred and why put it at risk?
Yes it makes us truly present, truly alive, nothing else can enter the mind, no past to contend with and no future projections that can teint each breathtaking moment as it unfolds. But is it worth the risk?
some woud say yes ! it is worth taking, that feeling of “aliveness” that comes from being a hairs breath away from certain death. I am not one of those people………… living, loving and giving keeps me truly rooted here
Guess when we really think about we put ourselves at risk each day just living on this planet now, breathing in toxic fumes, our contaminated food chain, just walking across a busy road even……. Put this way being on top of a mountain doesn’t seem so bad !!
Form and flow, genius images from the 50’a and 60’s. A truly inspirational man ERWIN BLUMENFELD. Check him out, his catalogue of works is vast!
watch some experiments he made with film
Go see him here until September 2013
I would like to share this video with you all, its of a woman, 109 years old, telling her secrets of a long and happy life…….. she has many gifts, one that spoke to me was seeing the beauty everywhere, even though there can be darkness, still finding optimism and a connection to the beauty of nature will keep our hearts open
Thank you Dawn for sharing this video with me
I give you ALICE HERZ SOMMER