Thursday, May 21

Monsoon - A Fiber Book

The fiber book - Monsoon 
It's taken longer than expected what with moving house and settling down but I finally got to photograph the little book on my deck this morning. The book is about things I associate with the monsoon season.
The plaintive call of the Koel or the cuckoo. It's a call one welcomes in India because one knows there will relief from the relentless summer heat. I read somewhere that the Koel a migratory bird flies to the Indian peninsula from Africa on the monsoon winds.  
Monsoon landscape dominated by dark  moisture laden nimbus clouds.
The rain brings an exuberance to the land. The parched land turns green and one of the most beautiful sights is a peacock dancing with its magnificent tail spread out. I have memories of this wondrous sight on the lawns of my alma mater The National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad.    
I choose to eat other meats during the monsoons, it's me doing my bit to give fish stocks a chance to be replenished.    
Hot tea or cutting chai as it's known in India is what every Indian loves to sip when it's pouring and I'm no different. That's the recipe for the masala tea I make and if there are no bhajjiyas I settle for marie biscuits which I dunk in the tea and eat. One of my favourite rituals. 
The back cover of the book.

The prediction for the monsoon this year is that it will be early, probably the last week of May. Usually the Monsoon hits the West coast of India in the first week of June.
I must stock up on Marie biscuits and get tea leaves and spices in place to welcome the Monsoon.

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Have a great weekend.

Sunday, May 10

Settling down

I thought I should say hello when I have access to wifi.
The move has been made from the plains to the hills and across state lines and we're in the process of settling down in the Nilgiris.

 One evening last week we spotted a bison (gaur) wandering through the tea bushes on the hill opposite our home. From the concrete jungle to the jungle itself.

 The discovery of strange insects on the spider plant. There's going to be much to discover in this new environment which will have an impact on my work.
Monsoon the fiber book is complete but I beg you to be patient just a little longer. In another week or two when things are out of cartons and everything has a place and hopefully the access to wifi is uninterrupted I'll post pictures of the little book.

Have a wonderful week.

Monday, April 27

Solace

In September 2014 India Flint formulated the Solace project and invited people to make contributions of natural fiber pennants with stitched words of peace or a line, sonnet or word which evokes a sense of solace. 
This is my contribution. I've since attached ties to the top of the pennant like India requested and the little flag is ready to mail to The Observatory, Andamooka, Southern Australia.
The pennant is made from a piece of cutting waste, it's a slubby cotton.
I was looking for a quote for peace and this one resonated with me.
I believe there's time for you to get involved  should you want to make a contribution.Read about an update here.
Click here to be inspired and to see the contributions some others have created.

Here is what India plans to do:
During June next year I will be in residence at The Observatory. 
I shall spend time connecting each of the flags in the sequence of their arrival, recording the words on them as one complete circular poem.
Following this I shall prepare an organic indigo vat and on the day of the southern midwinter solstice in 2015 will overdye the flags in the blue of the heavens before installing them as a circle. if there are hundreds, then a series of concentric circles :-))
The flags will be documented photographically over time and the images and text will be available online as well as in a limited edition book. It may even be possible to make a short film. While I do not have the financial resources to distribute free books to participants, each person who makes and sends a flag will receive a limited edition postcard image of the installation, personally addressed to them and posted from the Andamooka post office. ' 



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Saturday, April 18

Friendships

Finished stitching this while the painters and cleaners worked on transforming the apartment.
Don't you agree with the saying? I think it rings true.
Been given for framing.

Have a great weekend.

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Wednesday, April 8

The Big Move

The apartment has been packed up and moved.
We're leaving the city for a home in the Western Ghats.
A huge change we have been working toward for the past three years. Looking forward to the change in pace of life and greener, cleaner surroundings.
I'm taking a blog break for a couple of weeks to settle down.

Saturday, March 28

50 shades of Grey

Marvelling at the manner in which nature paints fifty shades of grey.
My mum braids her hair into a french braid which show off nature's magic so beautifully.
Continuing to observe change - with the passage of time, nature is working its magic on me as well.

Twisted into a knot which resembles a shell. my mum is quite the hairdresser too.

Have a good week. 

Saturday, March 21

Change

Change is constant.  
At times imperceptible at other times dramatic. I've made a concious effort to observe change in the past few weeks. The most dramatic change has been my mother's eye sight. An operation has done away with glasses and transformed the quality of her life. We are all so grateful for the advances in medical science and a competent doctor who could bring about this positive change.
While in post operative care my mum and I decided to explore the art form of folded book sculptures and transformed a couple of old Reader's Digest magazines.    
We need to welcome change and look for the positives it brings with it. Not always possible I know.
I've made a list of changes around me.
We changed the flooring in two rooms of our apartment
I've enjoyed the changing seasons with the beautiful display of flowering trees, trees like the peepal have shed all their leaves and the tender pale green leaves will make an appearance soon.
Mum's eyesight improved. It's like a miracle. Simply amazing
A neighbour has adopted a small muddy space outside my bedroom window and plans to create a little garden with her daughter. The little flowering plants in pots  have already brightened up the space.
My routine has changed to accommodate the needs of my aging parents and the requirements of post operative care.  
Cuttings of geraniums have sprouted new leaves on the stem and with each passing day are growing larger. The geraniums and spider plants are going to be a part of the big move my husband and I  are making next month when we go to live in the hills.
Enormous change is imminent, momentum is gathering.
These are just some of the changes I'm aware of, it's right there in my face but the wheels of change are forever turning imperceptible changes which will be noticed perhaps at a later date.
Change has taught me patience and made me more aware of how I use time. I've grown more sensitive to the needs and abilities of people who are aging. It's teaching me efficiency and to multi task better.
How do you see change? What has it taught you?

Have a good weekend.
If you're wondering if this blog has changed from being a fiber and embroidery blog to one that focuses on paper fear not change is at hand there's a fiber book and other fiber projects which are in the works and will be revealed in the coming weeks.      

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