i want to write about the process of holding these pieces in my hands and the grandmother they came from yesterday. but it’s too intimate just yet.
since purchasing this home three years ago i have constructed many mental diagrams of where to lovingly display some of the sentimental items from generations past. i haven’t settled on one to suit maintaining the items as we wait to give them to our daughters. perhaps i need to look to the personality of the individuals they came from and use that to inform my display framework.
another idea i am thinking on is a flexible display that i can use to help teach the girls about our family members as a tangible history project. they are naturally curious and motivated to discover the stories of great-grandparents and others they did not have the chance to know.
the weather was stormy yesterday. it was a rare treat during this dry summer. the world beyond our windows was humid and hushed in the breaks between downpours.
i often create by the quick-n-dirty approach right now. for me, this means using what is already here and skimming on being rudimentary in process.
a remnant gray skirt, embroidery hoops, permanent ink and stamps were my tools. my product is a simple scarf, printed intentionally rough and aged.
before slipping into sleep the night before last, what kept coming back to my mind was, “for never was a story of more woe/than this of juliet and her romeo.” what a blissful set of lines. shakespeare’s work is so brilliant.
maybe i will add some tiny beads to the edges. but likely it will stay just as it is to be worn on days when i’d prefer not to blend into the background.
it’s so good when making works out.