Sunday, December 15, 2013

a gift

i am a person who loves to give gifts
(as well as receive them)
i'm also a person who forgets things, special dates, etc.
(dates are numbers, numbers are slippery for me) 
this can be a problem, and i have been known to do odd things:
i have in my school bag a birthday card for a neighbor.
her birthday was around november 8th, more or less. see?
 a gift came to me this week
from pam
 whose shibori on paper astonished
and inspired me last summer
 well, these were wrapped up in cloth, 
walnut-dyed challis
 each one perfect.
 so i started playing
and playing and playing
 the cocoons have an affinity for each another
and hold on, hands-on, like hormonal teens
to one another!
 there is an amiable patterning
dancing across this page
 the brilliant white has been subdued
by pam's dyepots
 none of these photos were taken in good light
because all it does recently is snow
or threaten to snow
and it's winding into solstice. we are sun deprived.
so they began a new game on a morojifu folio,
 page from a book of secrets.


Anonymous said...

Pam's process is spectacular, I thoroughly enjoyed the shifu class she hosted in Cleveland. What inspiration from those few days. Such talented, sharing women spinning in the rain.


Sweetpea said...

Such beautiful marks & colors ... fine gifts indeed, Velma.

Debbie said...

These are so beautiful, I have just packed my dye pot away for Christmas, I might have to get it back out.

Debbie said...

Me again, can you tell me which is Pam's blog if she has one, thanks.

Nancy said...

Oh My Word!!!
These are so amazing. I think the lack of light suits them well. Just fantastic.

mansuetude said...

These b beautiful! Love the collection.

I too, have trouble remembering dates, luckily I have a network of sisters etc who help remind me... ha ha.

Stay warm.

Valerianna said...

Ooo... I want to wear all these textures and colors...

Anonymous said...

wow! what a gift.each cocoon is so individually unique - they are stunning.

Velma Bolyard said...

hey, linda!! lovely to "see" you!
christi, they're tiny maps and games, maybe?
debbie, my dyepots never go too far, friends and family rejoice if they're out of sight for a bit! no blog for pam, she does show her work.
nancy, i couldn't wait for the good light.
m, ha! cozy here, and my driveway got plowed!
valerie, they are luscious.
jean, yes, aren't they?

Barry said...

Beautiful gift and images.B

Fiona Dempster said...

Sorry I have been a passive observer of late V - but this beautiful post brought me back into active! Aren't they just divine? The paper and the individual cocoons, I could have played with them for hours.

Wyn Vogel said...

They are just beautiful and very special each one of them reflecting a care and love in their generation!! Wonderful!!

Velma Bolyard said...

thanks, barry!
fiona, you have been just a wee bit busy! and yes, they are divine!
wyn, yes!

maya matthew said...

those cocoons are absolutely beautiful,never seen anything like them. will you leave them as they are or will they be unravelled for the silk? which you will weave into something spectacular.

Anonymous said...

I'm grumpy with a head cold. But your beautiful gift and pictures have really cheered me up! Susan

neki desu said...

totally speechless and unable to qualify these!

Velma Bolyard said...

maya, not sure, but i think they shall stay as is.
susan, i hope you get better soon!
neki, YES!

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Oh Velma! I envy you your shibori wrapped stones. Just place them in a nice woven basket and fondle them every once and a while.

Velma Bolyard said...

anne marie, good idea!

Mo Crow said...

Oh what a good gift!

Velma Bolyard said...

mc, yep, still playing with them!

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