Sunday, September 9, 2012


once school begins
i get quite a bit quieter
and the (art/soul/heart) work slows
touches of color appear
but i am still noticing
the marsh down the road 
is refreshed by rain, but still 
quite thirsty
 i just love this silk
stitching with it on my paper
 around and around and in and out
 one lovely page spread
and this little shibori message
may become a text block in the book, too
today's clouds 
illuminated by autumn
settling in.


Valerianna said...

I've been noticing too.... a rough year for plants and now they are less thirsty, but have been flattened by the heavy, heavy monsoons.

Lovely circling stitches.

india flint said...

i just see it's so very green here
compared to home
i'm headed tomorrow...

Ms. said...

Golly how I love our North Eastern landscape!

onesmallstitch said...

there is something calming about little stitches - just in and out and in and out. beautiful silk on beautiful paper.

Hoola Tallulah said...

silk on paper, beautiful!

Gardener in the Distance said...

How the light and the colours change as the sesaons change!

mansuetude said...

i read on Robyn's blog that you made paper from birds nests! you are amazing.

Sophie Munns said...

Oh I do love your circle stitching piece Velma!
Your mention of marshes remind me of .... is it reading " Little Women" ?
I'm not really familiar with the Marsh landscape ... though one hears of them. Our name is different! Is it what we call the wetlands...?
The kangaroo in your previous post was an unexpected vision... I hope you got to see them in Victoria on your visit!

Velma said...

valerie, so true, and round in a circle game
india, back to...spring!
ms. me, too!
jean, thanks, calming when it's needed
ht, well, thank you!
faisal, indeed!
m, indeed i did. look at under artists' books to see the blurb
sophie, yes, lots of folks call them swamps, but they are spring fed and have exits, but they are interesting and very very rich wetlands. i saw roos out at hanging rock, both there, and on the way back to melbourne. and thank you!

ArtPropelled said...

Stitching circles on hand made paper ...... so meditative... calming. I love the thought of paper made from birds nests. The other day a huge palm frond fell down from the palm tree and with it came a thick mesh of fiber (almost like course wadding). I thought of you and the paper you could make with it.

Susan said...

Lovely stitches. I like the variegated color of the thread and how that shows up against the paper. The combination is beautiful.

jude said...

i like the Kantha book idea.

Jenny Woolf said...

A thoughtful and closely observed post.

Maggie Neale said...

So gentle, your post, your words, your stitches, a morning sigh from me.

Velma Bolyard said...

robyn, thanks for the thoughts...the birds' nest paper wasn't particularly nice in hand, but beautiful.
susan and jude, thanks. kantha, indeed.
jenny, thank you
maggie, good. sighs are good for us.

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