Monsta becomes Mantra

21 Sep

A little more to show on this gigormous piece–gigormous in hand stitching at least, would have been easy peasy breezy by machine, but that’s not why i created the fabric in the first place….I was also going to start with “not much” but a”a litttle more” sounds positive :)

Though i’m looking at this as a sort of calendar for the next year, i look backwards also for reference and inspiration, digging through old sketches and peering at previous work, wondering why i forgot this stitch or that, why i swept aside a particular idea, an image or clue to what i’m doing. A calendar marks the days ahead, but is a record of the gone also. We plan for the future with one foot on the ground and the other trying to find the first ladder step up to the sky, the step off the cliff to breathless expectation, hope that we will fly rather than fall, or “just” anticipating another solid space to keep going. Inspiration from older work can be surprising.

Connections are made in strange ways….

Maybe not a monsta, maybe a mantra. Definitely a calendar. One of the meanings of calendar is “an ordered list of matters to be considered”–yes, i am considering as i move through the days. My Anno Suturae, a year of stitch, to consider, to look at thoughtfully, to esteem. It was only this morning that when i picked it up, it felt right and comfortable, so i know it’s to be.


Posted by on September 21, 2012 in influence and inspiration, stitch


2 responses to “Monsta becomes Mantra

  1. freestyle3

    September 28, 2012 at 2:33 am

    I love your plan for a year of hand-stitching. I will follow with great anticipation.

    Re the above pics: I love the white one, but the one above that is fantastic. Is the ‘writing’ hand-stitched, and if so, what stitch did you use? It’s a bit difficult to tell from the photograph.

    And even though this is not the appropriate place, I can’t resist telling you. I was looking at your shop, and the piece titled ‘Echoes’ once again caught my eye. Despite my being – or maybe in spite of being – ornithophobic I always read the two leaves and the squiggles above them in the lower right corner as birds. Which is why I have never bought it.

    • arlee

      September 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      The gold and copper photo is metallic ink on metallic paper actually, part of a “mark making” sketchbook, and grist for new ideas.

      I’m always curious to know what images people see in the cloths, so it’s not inappropriate to comment, but thank you for the insight. It DOES look like little birds!!!


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