This is not the clearest photo. It's early in the morning... but I have this on the wall, looking at changes I made before coffee. I have placed the rainbow of patches back on the cloth. But this time I have them inside the circle. Circles and rings have been a focus in my compositions. But how common is that? In a way we do not use circles. Circles use us. So all here is in sympathy with the circle. And I might say it has become the circle of consciousness.
I have also, if you look at the right side of the circle, have begun to use what I call a stacked running stitch, something related to Kantha style stitch. I will add this to the Methods Index eventually, but I have included a video here. My approach is rather liquid, using the imperfections of the process to shape the results. Letting the direction change to what it might be rather than lining the stitches up against a plan. Letting it naturally grow into a holding pattern.
A field of stitch binds and smooths
To the left, a pic of a piece I call Arising from an inner Warmth in process. An example of how this kind of stitch can unify piecework. To make more of a PeaceWork.
I'm wanting to talk about circles. How a circle can be unkind. Because that is on my mind.
The edge of a circle. the ring, has often been my symbol for safety. The quest for safety can also be unkind. Everything is worth rethinking.
We are relocating. I will be here and not here over the next month, sharing my thoughts when I can. Perhaps falling into real journal mode, publishing journal pages when I am not able to handle too much media. Anyway, maybe a looser schedule. Come by once in a while and cheer me on.