Last week I focused in part on the sacral grace of synchronicity. Right on the first day I suddenly came across this not quite finished piece of heavily encrusted contemporary embroidery. I remembered it once I saw it and with something of a shock to have forgotten it.
The piece in progress is called Primary Nest. It's a meditation on the three primary chakras and an intended part of a small series. In the aughts I made some different elaborately embroidered and embellished Holding Cloths intended for healing and meditation purposes. Not sure how it's possible but I totally forgot about this one. Have stitched two afternoons in a row. Hoping to get it finished - meaning all the way backed and the layers made secure together etc - by my birthday. Super generous time frame. In the personal best part of my brain I'm hoping to have things there by the end of Heart Chakra month.
The cloth substrate is pieced dupioni silk: the red shot with black, the orange shot with magenta, and the yellow shot with white. I don't even know how to guess how many different threads and beads I included. I do know I bought an expensive silk hydrangea bloom so I could defoliate parts of it for inclusion in the orange and yellow regions of the piece.
Finding this work - just as I was heading downstairs and back to the house for the evening - and then lingering to smooth it down in a pivotal focal point I couldn't miss the next morning - all of that seemed like a personally auspicious way to begin welcoming new energy and fresh perspectives. There are all sorts of personal secrets buried in the layers of stitching and silk. For instance the inner red square was fortified early on by a scrim of red fishnet stocking. I had no idea what I was doing one improvisation to the next - I simply knew I was following a color-centric muse.
Am hopeful I can get the yellow frame stitched and then cogitate about a cloth to cover the back. I know if Liz catches this post she'll be glad to know I also plan to show "what the back looks like".
I love working this way although my fingers aren't as nimble as they once were. So much time at the keyboard has loosened them up enough to enjoy the stitching time. I am not as precise but I think I can get this finished in a way where the shift in my stitch size, etc. isn't going to be/appear as glaring as it feels to me.
Much yellow/ego work involved on being authentically willing to show up just as I am rather than as I was 30 years ago. Or even 16 years ago when I first began building this piece. As I've been stitching in the later afternoon I've been amazed to encounter something I made - something that's over the top in its sole impractical loveliness even for me - that I'd utterly forgotten. Two thirds of the way through the Primary Three - it rises to the top of all manner of cloths and raw material.
I am amazed.
amazement is a good yellow attribute ...
today I'm bringing back a post entitled bring me the fripperies. Same general style of excessiveness.