"The reason people find it so hard to be happy
is that they always see the past better than it
was, the present worse than it is, and the future
less resolved than it will be."
(Marcel Pagnon, born February 28, 1895)
Can you read it?
"Let a guide direct you who only has
at heart your getting lost..."
- borrowed from Robert Frost´s poem "Directive"
A work in progress cloth with memos, notes
to self and such stitched and sewn to it...
I´ve never liked the usual brooch pins much,
the ones with the little plate with holes you have
to sew to the back of a fabric brooch.
But then I found some that work like a hat pin,
and make a nice alternative...
"The cold grows colder, even as the days
grow longer, February's mercury vapor light
buffing but not defrosting the bone-white
ground, crusty and treacherous underfoot.
This is the time of year that's apt to put
a hammerlock on a healthy appetite,
old anxieties back into the night,
insomnia and nightmares into play;
when things in need of doing go undone
and things that can't be undone come to call,
muttering recriminations at the door,
and buried ambitions rise up through the floor
and pin your wriggling shoulders to the wall;
and hope's a reptile waiting for the sun."
(Bill Christophersen: February)
I´m quite glad I got the idea of making that kind
of scarves I did recently - it´s a pleasant thing to
do, with a nice balance in it of fashioning something
useful and doing what I do anyways...
The one above is still in the works...
... but these two are finished and in the shop.
Although I like the ones first hand dyed and then
stitched best, there´s one here just dyed, with large
rusty marks, and there will be more of those too I think...
... and here´s all of it now.
It´s a collage with three machine stitched figures,
with various snippets from old books - some of which were
carefully selected, and some just randomly cut from a page,
which can lead to wonderful results of impromptu poetry...
This drift of meaning
even our clothing
the tendency for the names
the body. This is particular
and vice versa...