Posts Tagged ‘Dee Mallon’

Dee Mallon’s pennant arrived on the doorstep yesterday afternoon
(magic is afoot it was New Year’s Eve and on a Sunday!)
Dee is a passionate writer and stitcher for social justice
her pennant is 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 late last year
“I can’t see “the answer”. Somehow that is fitting. “
she asks 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? ”
Dee has written about her journey making this pennant on her blog
“In two places, I carefully ripped open the top silk to more clearly represent injury. Like the blood-red beads, the bands that resulted from the long tears suggest that our wounds are a permanent part of the American psyche. Stitching the edges gave me the hands-on, hopeful sense that maybe there is some vantage from which our nation’s wounds show up as things of beauty. ““I used red seed beads to represent the blood of Africans who were kidnapped, transported and sold here. Their blood is a permanent feature of our landscape, as is the legacy of their labor. There is heft to this history. The fruits of enslaved labor are visible in many, many features of our built landscape, so it’s fitting that the lines of red beads are prominent and that they define whole areas.”
“The stitches took on the attributes of surgical repair in some places and of tailor-repair in others. I like how the stitched-down folds created texture when top lit and beautiful shadows when back lit. Imaginatively, the stitched repairs and the resultant shadows came to sometimes resemble a map and at other times, a scarred body. The act of integrating the dark cloth with the light cloth seemed at times to mimic the kind of healing process we all long for.”
the red thread and the star bring such hope that love will find the way
thank you Dee you are shining bright in these strange days for our beautiful broken world!
The Gathering 2018
I dream of a world where love is the answer
mending our beautiful broken world stitch by stitch
with deep gratitude to this magic circle of makers
Liz Ackert
Fiona Dempster
Barry Smith
Dee Mallon
Jude Hill
Judy Martin
Hazel Monte
Els Sneider
Dana Webb
Susi Bancroft
Wendy Watson
Bronwyn Berman
Martine Bos
Beth Brennan
Nancy Erisman
Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord
Grace Forrest-Maestas
Louise Watson
Michelle Slater
Margarita Sampson
Jane Bodnaruk
Susan Hemann
Roz Hawker
India Flint
Yvette Dopheide
Patricia Spangler
Kathy Dorfer
Glenda Jones
Arlee Barr
Ulrike Bogdan
Olga Cironis
Doris Perlhuhn
Saskia van Herwaarden
Carol Cantrell
Jana Cironis
Christina Haggart
Marti Weisbrich
Tina Zaffiro
Kristin McNamara Freeman
Rene Walkin
Margaret Johnson
Donna Hinchcliff
Eliene St. Romain
Cathy & Sarah Wright
Glenda Chamberlain
Jane Stapleford
Judy Lemezis
Jane Milliken
Linda Summers
Penny Vickery
Dotti Dauter
Maggie Brown
Nanette Gilbert
Aileen Jordan
Lizette Campbell
Gabrielle Bates
Shona Wilson
Joy Banks
Sharon Peoples
SharmonDavidson
love will find the way!
namaste

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
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thank you so much (((Dee)))!

Liz Ackert has finished her magic pennon for the dreaming
have a look over at more photos and words on her blog
and Dee Mallon is mapping the way to finding love is the answer
here’s the link to more words and photos on her blog
Gathering the dreams  for our beautiful broken world, we simply have to mend our ways, all 7 billion of us, love is the answer
these pennants give me hope that we can

blue moon talinistic dilly bag by Mo 2014The Blue Moon Talinistic Dilly Bag (aka everything I know about the moon and the sea) by Mo 2014
blue-moon-talinisitc-dilly-bag-front-Mo-2014front
blue-moon-tainistic-dilly-bag-back-Mo-2014back
blue-moon-talinistic-dilly-bag-inside-Mo-2014inside
air-moon-detail-mo-2014detail of the air moon
fire-moon-detail-Mo-2014detail of the fire moon
many thanks go to all the cloth conjurors who have contributed materials
Glennis Shibori Girl indigo moon on sheer organza & indigo dyed silk threads
Arlee Barr  indigo & rust dyed silk
Patricia Spangler indigo dyed air moon on linen & rust and indigo dyed fire moon
Dee Mallon indigo dyed cord that finished the top edge
Margaret Johnson vintage Silkworm thread and a wonderful ecru thread for all the free hand netted lace
the supporting exo-skeleton is immature stems of a Bangalow Palm infloresence
other materials are African clay, bone and myrrh beads, burnt ivory, shells, feathers, printmakers mull, flax, nettle and hemp string
you can see this piece in process widdershins here, here, here & here