That calm feeling before a storm. The Indian Ocean.
Photo Credit: Stephany Latham
Sempervivum tectorum Always living..
I purchased a succulent yesterday at the Detroit farmer’s market. I’m so excited to raise one of my own. To my surprise this plant is also a dye plant when it produces flowers. They also store water in their leaves, hence their name Sempervivum (always living). This act of strength is what allows them to live in difficult places such as sunny rocks, alpine belts, and mountainous cliff sides. I love this plant and the adoptive botanical name it was given. I appreciate the metaphor behind it because it reminds me to embrace that about life; always living.…
This photo is part of the Patternbase web blog. They are holding an amazing “kickstarter” campaign to release their new book of patterns. These patterns were submitted by artists all over the world. Please check them out by clicking on this image. Patternbase has an extremely phenomenal web presence, idealistic for many textile lovers.
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The way that water works, part of one large cycle, there really isn’t a division between something sacred and something not. Inspired by over and over and over references of the mythology of the sacred quality of water in nearly every culture, I question where it has gone in ours, with water treated as a commodity, valued for its ability to make money, and yet our careless and privileged sense to waste it and spoil it. MMMM [Mater Matrix Mother and Medium] was inspired mostly by the Clooty Well tradition of Celtic regions – bits of cloth are tied to trees around sacred wells after dipping them in the water, to bind intention into action, to heal. Can we heal our disjointed relationship to the water we are born from? When I engage with making this work, and asking people to join me, I feel it is a commitment to try.
Mandy Greer, multi-disciplinary artist, talking about her “process-based temporary public art installation, Mater Matrix Mother and Medium, on her blog, entry posted 9.10.2011
A live dye test to examine whether wheat grass can simultaneously dye Australian wool without a sacrifice. Wish me luck! xoxo.
Artwork by Stephany Latham