White and Birthright

14 Apr

This “what if” series of cloths–working with whites–totally surprising me.   Up until this point I was  crazy for color.  Entrenched in color.  Couldn’t do w/o color.  Didn’t think I could even DO white–too monotonous?  Dull?  Predictable?  Whatever it was, this is coming as a real eye-opener.  The opener that reminds me NOT to limit myself by preconceived notions of what I like.  Reminds me to listen to the advice I give young boy–“you won’t know until you try it.”  And something else.  I’m thinking about new borns.  Infants fresh from the womb.  Maybe a day or two out.  I’m remembering a picture of my daughter at that age.  Lying on a blanket next to a friend’s 3 month old.  The comparison was astounding.  There was something about the infant–having nothing to do with me–that  had some sort of –I hesitate here to say radiance–or  purity.  But something akin to that.  Some thing so sublime that, as you see, I’m at wit’s end to express.  And that’s what these white cloths are bringing to mind.  That sense of fine-ness, untainted perhaps.  That intangible essence we come in with.  A birthright that seems to get buried by the doings of life.  So white, now, is another reminder for me.  A reminder that it’s still all there, beneath the muck and junk.  That glowing “first light.”  So when I ask myself “why?  Why do I do cloth?”  It’s because of glimpses like this one.  Reminders of magic and mystery and wonder.  All of this.

And night before last I woke up thinking about enlightenment–fine concept that!–and sketched a cloth called “In Light ‘N Mint.”  And this is how she’s evolving.

in light 'n mint

9 Responses to “White and Birthright”

  1. Anonymous April 14, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    this feels so good…to come to know things through cloth.
    this cloth is so very FINE. i would like to have it in my home. for itself, for remembering
    your experience through it to remind me.


    • Anonymous April 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

      rats. that’s me, grace, the anon above….


    • patricia April 15, 2013 at 11:16 am #

      this is what keeps me going. the constant reminders. the memories that surface. and i wonder, would i have access to them otherwise? some how i don’t think so.


  2. saskia April 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm #



    • patricia April 15, 2013 at 11:17 am #

      hi Saskia. your presence here is strong and supportive. to that i whisper, yes.


  3. Marti April 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    This cloth is taking me on a journey: the half circle, a path to self discovery, the while circle, yes, it could be a moon but it’s a beacon of light sort of like a cloth lighthouse signal…AND the earthy woman on the lower left, she is paused, taking it all in, breathing in and out because she knows once she commences, she will learn some things that have been inside of her and it is all to the good…Did I mention that this this cloth has invited me in and I love it….


    • patricia April 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      such an articulate expression. yes. THIS is what i was feeling when she came into being. but i don’t think i could have explained it nearly as well in words. and that she invites you in — well that is a gift to me. and all is to the good.


  4. Marti April 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    Oops, meant to say white circle, not while circle !


    • Marti April 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

      Well jeez, I seem to be all over the place here commenting on this special cloth. The earthy woman that I refer to is on the right, not the left and the story told by the invitation that I feel when looking at this cloth is a gift…


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