A Mutual Exchange

31 Oct

This is finished now.  Hanging.  The visible shifts are ever so slight.  But the amazing thing is the transformation that has happened with the addition of many hundreds of invisible Jude Hill “glue stitches.”  The cloth has heft now.  Substance.  Backbone and guts.  Fortitude I’d go so far to say.  And it speaks to me of the back and forth exchange of energy that is constantly happening.  In-coming.  Out-going.  Currents seen and unseen.  This mutual exchange on so many levels.

a mutual exchange

7 Responses to “A Mutual Exchange”

  1. Marti October 31, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    I commented on this cloth when it made an earlier appearance, I spoke of the dark and the light and how she keeps her focus on the center, drawing strength from herself first and from those who will cover her back. What I failed to see is that on the left, the dark side, there are stones, a pathway to stand on, and that curve that leads to the center, some would say it is an obstacle, I say it is what makes us stronger, that bend, that unexpected tilt…


    • Patricia October 31, 2013 at 9:16 am #

      As I think about this, what you’ve said, I’m suddenly remembering something. When I lived in Santa Fe I heard a woman–Navajo I think–give a poetry reading. She spoke of a personal pain. Then read her poem describing how she was riding an escalator in some department store and heard a song that made her think, “How could they put words to something that is devastating me?” And now I’m thinking that yes, her ability to overcome the obstacle clearly resulted in her ability to write a poem about the very thing. She did overcome it. And seemed so much stronger as a result. “That unexpected tilt” works both ways doesn’t it.


  2. Cathie October 31, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Ethereal and magical. I imagine her face, her thoughts. Is she real…. or just a vision.
    Beautiful. Just beautiful


    • Patricia November 1, 2013 at 5:31 am #

      i don’t know–a vision i think. thank you Cathie–thank you.


  3. Mo Crow November 1, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    the thread of intuition… love your way of working with the cloth … allowing it to determine the making … that’s such a wonderful inspiring place to be Patricia!


  4. karmadondruplhamo....grace forrest November 4, 2013 at 9:56 am #

    a long comment lost…maybe this one will be too, but the ClothMaking has truly given itself
    to you and you have truly received.
    and i see a red bird. long tail flowing down….it comes and goes…


    • Patricia November 4, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

      yes. i see the bird and it does come and go. the cloth was dyed with red onion for about a week and it seems really colorfast. the way it separates the two pieces on either side speak to me of choices. that choices always exist, even if they’re simply choices in how we respond to what life hands us.


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