Dee Mallon is making a map for love to find the way

Posted: November 28, 2017 by Mo Crow in Braille for the Soul, It's Crow Time
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Dee Mallon’s pennant is making a map
for love to find the way to shifting our beautiful broken world
into a place where love is the answer
as she said on her blog a few weeks ago
“I can’t see “the answer”. Somehow that is fitting. “Dee’s fierce love & passion for social justice ask the hard questions,
looking them straight in the eye seeking truth, as she said in this reply on her blog;
“The map idea works for me for this reason too — the sense of disorientation that this administration has provoked has so many of us looking around and wondering where we are and how we got here. Is this bottom? Is this former norm a red line anymore? If these norms of decency and adherence to the constitution are currently dispensed with, is there any getting back to them? How much more seismic can the destruction get? ”
She hung the pennant out on the washing line for summer;
“New England rain consecrated its weave. It hung out with the dog and with disintegrating but lovely curtains on the line. It mingled with hosta stalks. It received late summer sun and the shade of a catalpa tree.”
“Then it turned into fall and more walnuts than I thought possible for two trees to produce fell.”
“I boiled up some hulls and dipped in some cloth that I’d bundled ’round spools years ago and then abandoned. The dyeing came out okay, but what truly excited me was to discover that once unbundled, this reclaimed piece of silk shared the shape and dimensions of the banner — almost exactly! So of course they belong together.”“The light walnut-imparted lines on the recently-discovered top silk, when stitched, reminded me of a map. So it got me thinking. What instructions might there be to a sane, peaceful world where love is the answer? Is there such a place? Why does it seem so unreachable?”
The gap between cloths is prompting some thoughts, too — thoughts about the divides that seem to be doing us in here in America. Seething, toxic, destructive divides. How do we cross or bind the yawning gap? Is that the right question? Should we be trying to learn how to live with our differences, tattered-edged and unsettling as they are? In the United States, it’s no exaggeration to say that we have not been this divided as a nation since the Civil War.
Think about that.
I do.
All.
The.
Time.

“I am thinking of adding lines of red seed beads.
To represent wounds. Unresolved history.
The map becoming the body of the world.”love the thought of touching each of the red beads as a form of prayer like a rosary,
a meditation mala for finding the way
such beautiful stitching made with deep intent
Dee sent these photos today
& I have quoted from these posts over on her blog in chronological order
umm sugar
Gathering the Dream

Can’t see
Next
thank you so much (((Dee)))!

Comments
  1. deemallon says:

    (Mo). Thank you for creating an overview of this work so far. And of course for your compliments. Thank you.

  2. She’s a deep thinker and it shows.

  3. coloremartine says:

    This is beautiful……………..

  4. Liz A says:

    I could read this over and over and never tire of it … Dee’s pennant is a wonder, light as air and grounded at the same time

  5. Nancy says:

    Mo~Dee~ Such thought and deep beauty can only be inspired by and come from the hands and hearts of two very special people. Bravo for you work, your story, your loving hearts!

  6. Marti says:

    To see this gossamer cloth hold such power is amazing as well as profound.. Dee’s thoughts, words and her way of working the stitch into reality holds attention, holds intention, and most of all, holds a depth of rawness as well as sophistication that speaks so clearly to me of our world and our need to mend and reclaim it for ourselves, our children and for future generations.

  7. ravenandsparrow says:

    The two pieces of fabric are like the two sides of an argument, but could also be the two sides of the same coin. Using one as the base and one as the journey holds the sides in balance, and allows a subtle conversation between them. Dee’s multi-dimensional thinking is perfectly captured here.

  8. beth says:

    A map definitely seems in order. One in braille for the darkest days.

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