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mend, random, intuit

19 Jan 2010

I do not make resolutions in a yearly manner. I don't feel compelled to make a particular change on a particular day, but this year I have been thinking about words for creative exploration.

After some thought I have come up with: mend, random, intuit.

mend: I am in love with stitches that are not intentional. Or perhaps I should describe it as stitches that are purposeful without the willful intent of beauty or symmetry.

random: disparate imagery cobbled and pulled from different sources. The connections might be evident or private, you never know.

intuit: I don't want to use the word intuitive. Intuit. Intuit feels more present-tense somehow. Ituit feels embodied, trusting, internal.

I have been exploring stitch. Hand Stitch. Slow stitch. Slow cloth. I have joined a group on facebook called Slow Cloth and am enjoying thinking the idea through. The term is akin to slow food, as it might to compared to the more ubiquitous, fast food.

Slow Cloth is intentional, takes time, energy and thought. It doesn't necassarily mean that you sew by hand, it also means you make the cloth you use, paint or dye, it can mean that you sew by machine. But more often than not it means that you engage in the path of mastery, intention and wonder of materials.

This weekend, my Man and I went to Sri Threads here in Brooklyn. The man who owns the gallery collects Boro cloth and garments. Indigo dyed cloth-rags and tatters, for the most part that has been mended and repurposed for long term use.

I beelined it for the rag basket. I really want scraps. I found a few gems, I didn't go overboard because the lil buggers can be expensive. Now I need to search my cloth bins for some other pieces that will go with.

 


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Jane LaFazio wrote
on 19 Jan 2010 7:45 AM

oh my Melly. You put into words what I've been doing and thinking. So articulately...Mend. Random. Intuit. Wonderful, meaningful words.

And that shop you went to! yikes, I just looked at their website and not only did the work give me chills, it was sooooo powerful, but the site is so full of information and inspiration. hmm. Can't wait to see what you come up with. thanks for the great post.

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on 4 May 2012 7:30 AM

Hi, I am Rebeeca.

Please how are you! hope you are fine and in perfect

condition of health.i went through your profile on this site,

i took interest in it,please if you don't mind i will like

you to write me on my mail ID (rebeeca_jonson@yahoo.com)

hope to hear from you soon,and I will be waiting for your

mail because i have something VERY important to tell you.

Lots of love Rebeeca.

rebeeca_jonson@yahoo.com