Recycled boxes, canvasboard, cotton netting, acrylic paints, handmade dyed Japanese washi, linen thread
Painting, dyeing, drawing, stitching, collage, assemblage
460cm x 460cm
wonderboxes – celebrating the wonder of the everyday
handmade Japanese washi, indigo dye
Today I remember the birthday of my late father. And although I wasn’t yet two years of age when it occurred, I bow my head in remembrance of Hiroshima Day today.
Once, on Dad’s birthday, I asked him how it felt to have his birthday fall on the same date as the bombing of Hiroshima (he was a soldier in the Second World War) and he took a long time to say anything. Eventually he sighed and said, “It was the war, dear.”
Oh, the sorrow in that little sentence!
Rather than a ‘detail’, today I’m posting a work called triptych 06.08.45. It was made in 1988; I have no high resolution file for it, and I apologize for the poor quality of the image.
dip-dyeing, painting, stitching, wrapping, binding, assemblage
silk Dupion, silk thread, card, direct dyes
1500 x 800, private collection, Nelson, Aotearoa New Zealand
My version of the via creativa isn’t a paved path. It’s a journey. The path opens up beneath one’s feet as one wonders about and explores the possibilities presented by life. Life as-it-is, here and now, in this very moment.
I’m in awe of the movement of the via creativa in my life. If I’m open and my mind isn’t yapping away telling me what I should do and how it should look, amazing ideas and possibilities arise. Connections happen. Questions form themselves. Wonderingmind flowers.
Many years ago I studied traditional and contemporary textile surface design in Japan. I often used shibori dyeing techniques in my work – both in wearable art and wall pieces. Here’s an example of an early work:
ebbing : Leigh
900 x 550
arashi shibori, stitching, canvas, washi, silk cords, found object
In my notes for this piece I wrote:
I spent the winter of 1987 in a sleepy village called Leigh on the Pacific Coast. The cottage overlooked the harbour where small fishing boats and yachts would anchor, and the water view reached over to Little Barrier Island. The pattern produced by the arashi process brings to mind the ripples on the tide as well as the patterns left in the sand by the ebbing tide.
Years later I was fossicking through fabric scraps and came upon some more bits of the arashi shibori cloth I’d dyed during those years.
Hmmmm. Wonderingmind liked the patterns; the way the indigo dye flowed in softly graduated tones from dark to light. I’d been painting with acrylics more recently, layering them on textured canvas in a technique I call making love with light (thank you Daido Loori, Roshi). Wonderingmind asked: what if the arashi patterns were transferred to canvas and I played with light upon them?