Wednesday, October 26, 2011

a few treasures

"heroes take journeys,
confront dragons,
and discover the treasure
of their true selves."
-carol lynn pearson

my journeys of late have been from the arm of my chair, traveling the hidden causeways of the world wide web, and the only dragon that i've confronted is this beautiful bit of vintage silk wool kimono dragon! it journeyed to me all the way from japan and is one of my newest treasures. it has not whispered its intent in my ear as yet, but for the moment is resting from its long journey up on the wall of my studio. i hear the wind blowing...and listen quietly for the dragon to begin its tale...

along with the wondrous dragon came this lovely bit of vintage silk kimono in soft brown check and weave. it has already sought the company of a few other bits of vintage silk kimono in my collection and begun whispering amongst themselves. perhaps, soon, they will share their whispers with me?

and finally, along with the dragon came this beautiful bit of vintage silk kimono filled with birdsong and the fragrance of delicate flowers! this is whispering louder...but my japanese is a bit rusty. i shall have to brush up on it a bit...

and last, for today, came this marvelous miniature steel skeleton key...complete with a passing resemblance to its namesake. this came to me all the way from latvia and hasn't stopped whispering since he arrived! already there is a silver jump ring and chain dancing out of my jeweler's bench to offer him a quiet home around my neck where he can whisper his stories peacefully all day and all night long...

i think he is foretelling the nature of my next post!

meanwhile, i have so many other treasures to share...but they will have to wait a day or two as there are some noisy whisperers calling to me from the studio...



  1. Joe, those fabrics are gorgeous! The skeleton key is out of this world fun. So much inspiration to be found in a few pieces of cloth and metal. Wishing you sunny days and creative flow.

  2. Beautiful treasures Joe, can't wait to see what their whispers cause you to create.

  3. You have beautiful new stuff, a lot to discover, and stitch .... (that brown cloth is that ikat or printed?)
    Wish you lots of interesting stories whispered.

  4. Hey Joe, thanks for becoming a follower!! Finally, a guy! Ha ha. Do you know Shelley from Billings? A great friend, just wondered. Excellent blog! Take care, Riki

  5. Joe, lovelies floating in from all over the place! That skeleton key is so fine! Skeletons are on my mind, getting ready for our traditional Day of the Dead dinner in a few days...xo

  6. Enchanting group of fabrics and finds! My ancestors were from Latvia, my father's grandparents came from there. The key is beautiful do you know its story? Where is it from?

  7. els, the brown silk is ikat, not printed.

    peggy, yes, i'm preparing for a traditional dia de los muertos feast, too! and skeletons are dancing and clanking on my mind. cloth pics to come shortly.

    valerianna, no, i don't know the key's story. neither did the person who sent it. sadness.