Monday, February 11


Plans are afoot to visit New Zealand this year and I was wondering if you could recommend things I should not miss seeing or doing.
We intend to drive as we've been told it's the best way to see the country and along the way I'd like to visit museums, shows or maybe even participate in a workshop if possible. My interest lies in fiber art, embroidery and textiles but I'm open to view and be exposed to anything of beauty and creativity.
Should I avoid something? that would be useful information too.
Thanks in advance for any tips and suggestions you may have.
I hope you have a good week.     

Sunday, February 3

Patch Exchange

In December last year Erin of gatherwhatspills  had put out a call for a patch exchange on Instagram. 
I started work on my patch in January. The starting point were these beer bottle crowns which I flattened out. The husband had got himself some Simba stout and the lion on the crown is a cool dude with sunglasses so I decided that would be my starting point.
Added line after line of embroidery.
And ended up with this. The finished patch. Ready to be posted this week to my exchange partner in Washington DC.
  I've made a couple of round patches which will  be available in my Etsy store along with a few other things. Here's the link to my Etsy shop - millionstitches
We're already in February. Time really flies.
Have a good week.

Wednesday, January 30

Meaning, Metaphor - Handspun and Handwoven in the 21st century.

 I didn't expect to be treated to such a fantastic  textile display 75 kilometers away from where I live.
A display of handspun and handwoven fabrics and sarees first commissioned for Khadi - The fabric of Freedom which was curated by the late Marthand Singh.
The sarees, 108 of them, were designed and produced between 2000 - 01 and a 108 cotton hand spun and handwoven fabrics were woven at handloom centres across the country.
A major part of these 108 sarees and fabrics have been acquired by the Registry of Sarees, Bangalore.
 The collection held by the Registry of Sarees curated this show at the Lakshmi Mills in Coimbatore.
 I just loved the display.Looks like calligraphy to me.

Sunday, January 27

Graffiti in the by-lanes of Fort Kochi

 While trying to locate one of the venues for the Kochi Muziris Biennale I walked down a by -lane expecting to find the gallery but I didn't, instead I found the rear walls of buildings painted with graffiti.   
 Graffiti is a great means to convey a social message. Creating awareness and sensitising people about the use and disposal of plastic which is choking our  waterways, land and oceans is a formidable task.   
 Love the layers and depth achieved in this work. The flimsy single use shopping bags which are silently killing sea life and animals. 

 Some were a tribute to the people of Kerala who bounced back from the devastating floods which wrecked havoc with peoples lives and property.

 This is my favourite. Artist unknown, would be nice to view more work by this artist.
 Guesswho is a graffiti artist who makes me smile.
My sister and I have started posting a picture a day. A picture of some significance to both of us.One picture taken in Hong Kong and another in India. We are on Instagram, do check it out. 852_and_91

Have a great week.

Wednesday, January 23

Kochi Muziris Biennale - 2

 Messages from the Atlantic Passage would count as one installation which I found very thought
provoking, hard hitting, shocking.
The slave trade was brutal and inhuman.
 I think it spoke to me more because I had seen the holding cells in Zanzibar where slaves captured on mainland Africa were held to be auctioned and shipped to the Americas. Cramped, dark, dingy and suffocating. A channel in the center of the cell was their toilet, cleaned when it was high tide.
The slave trade may have come to an end but as human beings we continue to exploit the poor and vulnerable. It's human trafficking that's talked about today, no different from the slave trade. 
What a pathetic lot we are.

Monday, January 21

First post of 2019 - The Kochi Muziris Biennale -1

Hello, my year has gotten off to a good start with a visit to the Kochi Muziris Biennale.

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 The work of Shambhavi - Maati Maa (Earth Mother)
The use of agricultural impliments. 
The use of light to create interesting shadows.

 Spoke to the embroiderer in me.

Monday, December 31

Last post for 2018

 This is a commission for a very precious baby. The last piece of work I've done in 2018.
2018 I can say had it's share of ups and downs, nothing alarming.Nothing we couldn't resolve or cope with.
Some fantastic commissions and teaching assignments which meant travelling to new places and meeting great people. We closed our bed and breakfast but that's given me more time and energy to pursue my creative pursuits.
This quote pretty much sums up the year for me
Life is amazing. And then it's awful.
And then it's amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful its ordinary and mundane and routine.
Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary.
That's just living heat-breaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And it's breathtakingly beautiful.
- L R Knost
I'm sure 2019 will be an exciting year 'Your works are wonderful and I know that full well' Psalm 139.
Wishing all who stop here a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019. I hope you discover for yourself that life is amazing.