Thursday, July 30, 2015

two kinds of skein

two kinds of skein
but i'm looking at milkweed
 my camera and me are limited
we focus on one thing
and then another shouts to us
but we become confused
full of wonder
 until i look up and see it:
 this lovely word, 
 is exactly what i've been seeing
for a long time
 in robert macfarlane's book 
about lost or disappearing words
related to landscape
 he mentions some new words
honeyfur, slogger, wolfsnow, sutering.
landskein is "the braid of blue horizon lines in hill country on a hazy day"
 the word was first spoken by "a painter in the hebrides"
and it is 
like hortus siccus
a word for a new body of work.
i am making landskeins in a landskein.
the work began and the word found me, beautiful.
 i am also finding seeds.
i'm guessing it's dogbane
but i need to check.
it arrived in my living room
and took up residence on my warp.
 a new flower for me--
still looking this one up
but notice it has those odd stems
 tiny and bold.
 i have been in a struggle with emotion and exhaustion,
 the weeping of spent daylily blossoms
has properties i've tried to catch
 on spun lokta
another landskein.
and today,
another pot of contact prints. 


Anonymous said...

Beautifully said, Velma. Words are so a people...we are so careless with this gift. The wee purple flowers remind me of the flowers in the Rocky Mountains. One must slow down...bend down...and look...carefully, for the little beauties. Thank you from my very being for these past many days. You made what will be, possible. Claudia

neki desu said...

landskein:what a beautiful word. aren't warps always landskeins?

Velma Bolyard said...

claudia, you are my hero! thank you.
neki, now THAT'S a thought!

Margaret said...

Reading this late at night...I am tired, so I know I must re-read. But as a knitter and fledgling spinner, I am intrigued by 'land skein'...or 'landskein'...which might be interpreted by the spinner as s/he works various colours into the single...or plies double or triple...

Velma Bolyard said...

margaret, yes, i see it as metaphor for place but also for work in place

onesmallstitch said...

another book by MacFarlane, full of words and images, a treat to look forward to. Wonderful pictures, as always and a warped loom?

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, i bought one of his for my sweetie, and then read it and fell in love with the writing. and now i'm binging on his work! the loom has been warped for too long with not one weft thread. sigh. maybe that's why the seed landed there, as reminder?

Mo Crow said...

oh gosh, what a beautiful post Velma

Velma Bolyard said...

mo, i thank you. it was wonderful to find new, beautiful words, especially that one.

Felicity said...

Oh Velma you make magic! xx

Velma Bolyard said...

felicity, thankyou for saying that. magic is all around us.

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