another creature comes to life, no.5

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.

 

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now with ears!!

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needles and pins

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………………..

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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

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Feet tingling footage – forget about the underwear

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 !!

See the beauty everywhere

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