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Bronwyn Berman’s pennant is burning with love!
‘love is the answer’
bound with golden thread to the root of a river she-oak
exquisite edges
the point
Bronwyn-Berman-pennant-back
the other side
floating letters knotted with golden thread
the burning edge of the back of the seam
the other side of the point
Bronwyn’s pennant is burning with love meeting the gathering
thank you my fabulous friend!

Dana’s pennant is dreaming beauty into our beautiful broken world
the power of art sings in every detail holding deep love for our earth
as Terry Tempest Williams writes in ‘The Hour of Land “,
“To be situated in place is to be engaged in a reciprocity where survival, both physical and spiritual, depends on our understanding of gestures. I believe necessity drives us to improvisation where improbable and sustaining gestures create moments of grace that take care of us. We continue to evolve and transform who we are in relationship to where we are. We do not live in isolation from the physical world around us. Nature beckons our response. It is in the doing, the being, the becoming that meaning is made. What becomes sacred is the act itself — not what remains. Something inexplicable is set into motion.

Our fate, like the fate of all species, is determined by chance, by circumstance, and by grace.”
read more about Dana’s gracious process over on her blog
namaste
photograph courtesy of Dana Webb

love came today in a brown paper parcel from Fiona Dempster
Fiona and her partner Barry bring hope for peace and love in all their work
love is all we need
love revealed
Fiona’s own heartbeat script beautifully backstitched
from the other side
Fiona’s love meeting the gathering of dreams
you can see her accordion fold book “Peace Is Every Step” on the top shelf
Fiona has more words and photos for love over on her blog today
Hope Care and Kindness letterpress cards by Fiona
namaste
… As Carl Wilkens writes, “When we make something with our hands, it changes the way we feel, which changes the way we think, which changes the way we act.”
from ‘The Hour of Land’ by Terry Tempest Williams

stitching the “enchanting nothingness” of blue as Goethe called it round and round, ’The power of profound meaning is blue’, said Kandinsky, ‘blue in concentric motion’
from ‘An Anthropology of Turquoise’ by Ellen Meloy
it’s starting to look like the sketch for The Dream!

Once in a Blue Moon by Mo Orkiszewski 2018
Moon Unit I
W 29cm x H 9.5cm (starry ladder 3.5cm)
embroidered vintage electric blue leather over papier maché mold, 1.5mm black leather cord coiled & stitched with black linen thread over papier maché mold, vintage white glove leather with linen thread stars, whisper silk organza rungs
Moon Unit II
H 5cm W 10cm (retractable ladder 25cm)
embroidered vintage electric blue suede over papier maché mold, 1.5mm black leather cord coiled and stitched with black linen thread over papier maché mold, bamboo rungs, waxed & knotted DMC cotton, vintage glass beads, carved bone beads, lead fishing weights, nickel silver links, lapis lazuli
Artist’s Statement : Once in a Blue Moon the air tingles with portents, there’s a trembling in the light that beckons out of the corner of the eye with an invitation to take a spin deep into the unknown. Wrought with dark humour, high hopes and slow stitching lunacy, these vessels explore the surface of the moon both real and imagined. The ladders provide a way in and perhaps more importantly a way out.
(a blue moon is when two Full Moons land in one calendar month)
Bio : Sydney based artist Mo Orkiszewski is a graduate of Sydney College of the Arts and horticulturist with a passion for tending and mending our beautiful broken world. Working across a broad range of media and materials, stitching, folding, assemblage, collage, drawing, engraving, sculpting, collecting, Mo’s work is bridging the alternative culture and amulets of 20th century mysticism towards a 21st century metaphorical interpretation. Her current body of work, ‘Braille for the Soul’ is gathering a global community of stitchers and makers to dream of a world where love is the answer. Mo has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally with work held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France and The Netherlands.
represented by Artsite Gallery Sydney, Australia
photos courtesy of Madeleine Tuckfield-Carrano Artsite Gallery

this may well be tempting the fates but it’s Friday the 13th and I feel like celebrating!

yesterday I realized that the retractable ladder is needed for levity, I was getting too deadly serious thinking about The Moon as an archetype which is all very well but Once in a Blue Moon is a celebration of the magic of electric blue, slow stitching lunacy and the wonder of having two Full Moons in one month!
also stitched some whisper silk organza rungs into the knots on the starry ladder so it feels much more ladder-ish
enjoying the conversation between the moons & how the retractable ladder works so much better with Moon Unit II
starting to make some sense at last!

a left over from Reaching for the Stars
two may well be enough!
the hinge is much tighter with an extra few rows of black linen thread woven through
stabilized the base with an old rubber O ring covered in black glove leather
now I just need to work on an artist statement about why I made it to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s
“Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars”
mashed up with Nat King Cole’s
“It’s only a paper moon
Sailing over a cardboard sea”
to top off this wild Blue Moon weekend was gifted this fragile alchemical star found in an old castle in Germany
the circle is strong, deep magic is afoot!