Monday, February 27

The Kochi Muziris Biennale

 The work of Eva Schlegel caught my eye at Aspinwall House.
 A long corridor with windows which would normally let you see ferries plying in the sea between Fort Kochi and Ernakulam now had these laser cut words cut into sheets of translucent paper and stuck on the window panes. The words were from quotes and one needed to walk back and forth along the corridor to read the entire quote.
Spent just a day at the Kochi Muziris Biennale.

Sunday, February 19

A tumultous month

We're past the middle of February and I'm wondering where the days have gone. 
February began with a wedding in my husband's family. So not many days were spent doing embroidery. 
I picked up the needle again only on the 8th of February.
Embroidered these composite flowers - combining lazy daisy stitch and woven wheels to create these poinsettia like flowers.

 In the garden there are red, salmon pink and white poinsettia.
 13th February 2017. In memory of a my school principal Ms. G. Devadason who passed away today at the age of 89. She was called Dodo for some reason. Must try and find out why.
 14th February 2017. a little cross stitch heart for Valentine's day.
15th February 2017. Cable chain, the name comes back to me, encircles the heart.
16th February 2017.

Health issues with elderly parents continue. Either my husband or I are taking a bus at short notice to go be with our respective parents.
They live in a world which was relevant probably fifteen years ago.They live a slow life.Smart phones, internet banking, shopping online is amazing and confusing at the same time. Have to get my mum familiar with the working of a smart phone she's curious and willing to learn.
Just curious, do you utilise all the features on your smart phone? At times do you feel it's all Greek?
It's so important to keep abreast of technology. But it's funny I live in a small town where cash is required and credit or debit cards get to be used sparingly, you ask someone on the road for directions to a place but the moment I get to a larger town or city it's all cashless and life is technology driven - ordering a cab or food, finding a location or getting driving directions. I have one foot in both these worlds and I think a number of people in India find themselves in a similar situation.
We moved to this small town to lead a slow life but technology has come to stay and to stay relevant or function in the wider world I have to keep abreast with technology. So it's a hybrid sort of life I lead.
Have a good week.

Saturday, February 11

Week four in a year of stitches

Between the 18th and 24th of January I had to rush to take care of my mum who had a fall which left her with four cracked ribs.
Mum and Dad are in their eighties and quite fragile. It's awful to have to see them in pain.
Mum is improving each day. Her positive spirit and can do attitude coupled with her implicit faith in prayer is making all the difference.  
 25th January.2017. Started on an up-and-down flower. Followed the instructions from this tutorial.
26th January 2017. The Up-and-down flower complete.
 27th January 2017. Added one more.
 28th January 2017. The centre made with cast off stitch.
29th January 2017. Both flowers have centres now.