on Instagram, I posted a little video, because it was easy just to capture a few moments. And I said:
If there is one thing I have learned over the years,
it is to leave your edges open,
because form evolves.
And fringe is my symbol for continuing.
I know I have said that before, but in the context of layers, the natural build up of layers in collage type work is a covering up process, but I love interrupting that by inserting pieces in between. It sort of gives the moments in between a second chance. Allows me to consider the time between this and that, as another space to play with. Time travel so to speak.
I have the habit of running my fingers around patches checking for openings that might be needing stitch to hold everything down, because I often forget which ones I left unlocked. Many new forms have been born there.
Today, I am here, with thoughts of adding a figure, but then not. Calling this one
As If Time Could Stand Still
And then the back, the other side, the map we often cover up. I love to look to see how it formed.
(The rain drops , beeswax batik on silk, by T, some of you remember, she's around somewhere, I hear from her now and then... but it's been a while)
it’s my goal to keep my edges soft and open. thanks for the visual reminder!
Shiborigirl, I only realised yesterday that you are the lovely Glennis who does the marvellous moons! I have been wondering since I came to Jude’s pages how they were done, and now by viewing your pages I know. What a wonderful thing is this internet of people!
It’s been many moons now…
some days are easier than others.
Oh T from the forest… what a lovely memory
I always think of T when I see batik and think what if… What if is an open edge too.
yes it is!, I always loved here simple designs….
I’m with Nancy … “sometimes I want to weep with the sheer beauty here.”
Most of the crying I do comes from joy.
I love that concept as it applies to so much in life, in opinions, leave your edges open, leave your heart open, leave your thoughts open…learn more, look for new ways to do or be or think. Just wonderful Jude. Thank you.
I am thinking back to my first thoughts about open edges, I think I was drawing.
Sometimes I want to weep with the sheer beauty here…your words/images, their deeper meaning, the comments of others and your response…all of this is why I’ve traveled here in this Spirit World all this time. The wisdom in your response to Grace…maybe I should tattoo that on my forehead! Ha
Your words: “because I often forget which ones I left unlocked.”…led me right to a favorite quote of mine, which I think works well for cloth and life. Cloth is life.
Love this ‘map’ 🙂
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” ~ Rilke
OOps, forgot…the rain fringe!!! Of course! I love when your place here, your work feels like home 🙂
The conversation here always helps me …deepens loose thoughts…
I am incredibly inspired by this idea of “something” between the layers…..hmmmm…what if……
Now you have me dreaming of layer cake
I spent several very happy hours watching your videos and reading blog posts yesterday, and felt all the better for it. I popped a few coins in, to let you know how much I appreciate that you doll this for free.
Ah, thank you so much!
The raindrops look like sperm to me. Another kind of seed. Certain seeds have adapted to growing in scorched earth, bringing it back to life. Maybe the next generation will be that seed for our planet.
Ha, what a delightful what if!
to leave your edges open
yes. our Cloth….our mind….our spirit
all edges open
One thing becoming, leaning into another, and everything becomes everything and all the worry becomes much to do about nothing
I’ve been lost for awhile. Uncovering the layers.
that was a beautiful poem
This is so beautiful on so many levels. I am inspired AGAIN!
Mind-bending, the idea of leaving edges open. I am so oriented to stitching everything down. Says something about me, eh? I will consider leaving some edges open because I love the idea of inserting something in between. I learn so much from you!
If course the glue stitch is easily reversible… pulls right out and eay to catch if you use the long stitches on the back .
The beautiful elements composed here are speaking to this Californian deeply missing rain. A prayer cloth for listening as much as beseeching, for gratitude and awareness of our complicity and our mutuality, our dependence on mother earth and each other. Thank you for your work and your words.
I’m reaching farther in lately, to find quieter spaces.
ha! such a BIG life lesson… “leave your edges open”! those 4 lines you posted with the video would make a great intro to the book for which we’re all hoping. just sayin’… X
Could be a beginning, a middle or an ending…
i remember those raindrops…
Thought i recognized that rain 🙂 (Could surely use some right now here in Alberta…) I haven’t heard from T in awhile either–hoping she’s good and happy.
I always guess she’s fine…