Wednesday, November 7, 2012

a little background boro


snow has been promised in the next day or two...and the heat is not working in my truck so i passed some time today stitching a little speculative boro background cloth while waiting for the mechanic to call me with news of its repair. stitching together bits of cotton, linen, silk/linen blend, and rust-dyed cotton, all salvaged from clothes and household linens, to create a background for some embroidery.

i have in mind one of two things. either a continuation of calaveras (perhaps this time with wings?) or the beginning of a series of figure studies in cloth and stitch. once this cloth is finished being needled, i'll have to scan it and print a few copies out in color to play with by sketching in some shapes and figures to see what happens...

it's been really freeing of late, not worrying about what i *must* stitch. but, rather, allowing my hands free reign in creating whatever they are inspired to manifest. even if it is *only* a background cloth!

namaste'

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  1. joe
    thanks for the idea of scanning work to be stiched on as a way to dootle stich ideas...simple but hadn't thought of doing it : )

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    1. it is an idea that seems to revisit us in many guises.

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  2. Love this cloth. Sometimes the 'background' cloth can stand all on its own!

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    1. yes, indeed! sometimes they even demand it!

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  3. Ahhh Joe I love these rusty colours with the gray !!!
    Great background for a lot of things .... ;-)

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  4. I suspect "only" is about as bad a word as "just" ... where would any of us be without a [back]ground to stand on - in which to be manifest? Keep stitchin'

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  5. I also want to thank you for the reminder to print out constructions to play around with. We got a dusting of snow today, and so far, it is sticking. I don't know why, b/c they predicted it, I was surprised (this is New England, afterall). Can you remind me what calaveras are?

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    1. calaveras refers to any number of skeletal representations assocation with dia de los muertos (the day of the day)...usually skulls, be they made of sugar or papier mache or any number of other mediums! they serve to remind us of the temporal nature of life.

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  6. A nice, soothing birth. Backgrounds are so very willing, aren't they? xo

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  7. This is good...I'm so glad I stopped by because some nights I just want to stitch but don't have a full blown plan. The idea of stitching together a background for a future creation is very helpful. I remember Jude talking about this long ago. I know how the "story" in our cloths evolves on it's own sometimes. This base can be a promise with no goal. A blank slate. I love it!

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    1. backgrounds are the very foundation any story...

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