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Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord’s pennant for the dream has joined The Gathering
the energy going on between the pennants by Liz Ackert, Dee Mallon and Jane Stapleford is magic
Susan’s fine calligraphy, stitching and sparkling beads bring the dream alive
with deep heart and love for our beautiful broken world
I love how the beads speak with the quiet of winter light on snow
have a look at Susan’s website & ongoing major work The Spirit Books
photo courtesy of Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

Reaching for the Stars Mo 18
Trudy Weil wears them with such style
photography: Madeleine Tuckfield-Carrano courtesy of Artsite Gallery
the perfect fit
with Trudy’s timeless black dress and pearls
the dream come true
Thank you Trudy & Madeleine!

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord has stitched and beaded her beautiful pennant for the dream and it’s on its way here!
Susan is a calligrapher with deep heart & respect for the power of words
I love how the beads speak with the quiet of winter light on snow
Susan’s ongoing major work The Spirit Books hold such profound love and respect for our planet, she has been making these books since 1992
back in 2013 with Susan’s permission I made
The Spirit Book of the Spirit Books of Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord
I am so honoured & look forward to meeting the magic of her pennant soon!

Photos courtesy of Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord

Reaching for the Stars Mo18
vintage white leather evening gloves, linen thread
next weekend our elegant 85 year old friend Trudy will model the gloves
this photograph of Trudy was taken for a photography prize 5 years ago
(can’t remember the photographer’s name x fingers Trudy will!)
Reaching for the Stars will lead the lines of pennants for The Gathering!
the rusty steel mandala grounds the form & the felted pink blanket is protecting the carpet
the dress form with the branch in place will fit out the front door so now I can take it apart, wax the rust & start binding the branch and Bangalow palm inflorescence in electric blue leather and the last bits of the old wedding dress!
the Queen of the Night aka Epiphyllum oxypetalum flowered for my birthday yesterday
the flower only lasts one night and wilts at dawn

Jane Stapleford’s magical talismanic pennant arrived for the Full Moon
& is enjoying getting to know Liz Ackert & Dee Mallon’s pennants
along with her Selkie Man card
the detail!
Jane makes such good magic!
a card of her painting “Selkie Man MMX”
I look forward to catching up at the annual Designers on Show!
Jane is a huge inspiration, she paints like a dream with such impeccable spirit
here’s some pics from past exhibitions
“The Curator of the Museum at the End of Time” by Jane Stapleford
“Just Ask Alice” by Jane Stapleford
“The Owl and the Pussycat” by Jane Stapleford
“Tiny Otherworld Artifact Collector 1” by Jane Stapleford
“Tiny Otherworld Artifact Collector 2” by Jane Stapleford
“Wood Woven Creatures” by Jane Stapleford
“Enchanted” by Jane Stapleford
“Dance me to the end of Love” by Jane Stapleford
Jane is such a treasure I look forward to seeing her soon!

click this link to to see the The Gathering so far

Marti Weisbrich’s pennant will make it’s way across the wide blue tomorrow!
She sent this photo with these wonderful words in an e-mail just now

“Tomorrow, my pennant stitched with raggedy earth patches made from the sacred ordinaries of the land and with an Australian talisman hanging on the end of it, will be winging its way to you. It is filled with love for our world, for the land that frames our world, and with love and gratitude to you, along with joy, for the opportunity to create this pennant.

When I first received your pennant, I took it outside to receive the elements. It seemed only fitting that before I sent it back, it once again be taken outside, tied to the same ornamental pear tree in my backyard. Deep earth spirits reside here in New Mexico and this pennant accepted the benedictions of the elements: sun, wind, moonshine, star shine, flowing with the four directions, infused with the vast expanse of the sky here, absorbing stories from the varied clouds threaded in our sky.

Working on the “I Dream of a World Where Love is the Answer” pennant was a soul uplifting experience; one of universal connection with you, Rod and with the many who are participating in this dream project. Equally, this project deepened my gratitude for the sacred ordinaries (foraged windfall mostly) that the land provides me with for dyeing cloth. The sacred ordinaries used for the raggedy earth patches in this pennant include: chamisa, Yerba Mansa, sagebrush, desert willow blossoms, sunflower petals and centers, smoke bush leaves, walnuts, grapevine bark, leaves from Chinese Pistache trees and ornamental pear trees, Spanish broom, juniper, sumac and home grown red onions. The red onion skins, with a bit of vinegar and one of my copper pots provided the green colored cloth that is used for the backing and the edges of the pennant. Green has been a hard color for me to achieve with windfall so a bit of “alchemy” was used to get this color. Over time, as the seasons change, so too will the color of these earth patches; naturally dyed cloth tends to fade, especially if kept near sunlight, becoming more wabi-sabi, and in so doing, giving another gift of beauty.

For now, here is a photo of the pennant outdoors in my backyard in New Mexico, accepting the call of the elements before being sent to you filled with spirit blessings. Lv, Marti”

I look forward to holding this pennant in my hands and introducing it to The Gathering
the energy of love circling our beautiful broken world is so deep and profound
Magic is afoot, revolution is in the air!

PS click on this link to The Gathering to see all the contributions so far

A Talisman of Love for our beautiful broken world by Nanette Gilbert
hand felted, embroidered and beaded with a shisha mirror for protection
1.5cm W
Aboriginal symbol for meeting place embroidered on the back
inside are Nanette’s words written on elephant dung paper & bound with a fine purple thread
Nanette and I had a good yarn yesterday over a cup of tea
so special to get to meet in real life!