Cloth of the StarFish continues

6 Jan

Last night I stitched some on the starfish cloth. I’ve had trouble getting back to it because it means this–that I must remove my blinders to the plight of our oceans–and it’s so much easier to leave them on–the blinders. But I can only turn away for brief periods–then face again. And now the cloth has me. Here, last night–starfish1

It stayed with me during the night and towards dawn I found myself staring at the ceiling, seeing starfish in the dark. ceiling fan

This morning schools were on delay because of the extreme cold and because the back roads were too icy for school buses. The day started in the way I love best–electricity

and when I picked up the cloth a few hours later, i realized it was missing the depth of expression it wanted. So this piece was added and it’s rich with symbols and information. The color isn’t right either–the starfish are more the color of the first photo–but that aside, is this sky too much?starfish2

Initially the cloth was suggesting a portal to be journeyed through. A portal–safe haven. I think that’s being lost now. It’s all gotten so complicated. Maybe I’ll split the cloth.

starfish2 cropped

17 Responses to “Cloth of the StarFish continues”

  1. pru barry January 6, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    Not to worry. I think your starfish are working on your message, and they will find the answer. Without them we have lost the battle. I watched the TED talk TED x Victoria with Garth Lenz today, and KNOW we must keep working. Your piece really speaks to me.


    • Patricia January 7, 2014 at 7:09 am #

      good reminder, Pru! will check out the Ted talk.


  2. Vicki Fisher-Lerer January 6, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

    I love the starfish! What a great transition from December stars:)


    • Patricia January 7, 2014 at 7:11 am #

      hi Vicki. thanks for stopping by. i can’t remember when this cloth started. but yes, stars still. starfish. is the sky too overwhelming–that’s my wondering at the moment. and as i type that i see just how much it diverts me away from the original motivation of this cloth. i think the question should rather be–will they endure?


  3. Mo Crow January 7, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    adding the turbulent sky has given you the space to go much deeper into the now


    • Patricia January 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

      yes–and as you said over at Jude’s–the sky holds the precariousness. i’m staying with it. it’s coming along–and i’m thinking about Pru’s comment above–thanks for hanging with me on this one.


  4. karmadondruplhamo....grace forrest January 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    i hope, HOPE, you don’t split the Cloth.
    i think the sky is Right….and the opening is still Right. and the Gesture of carrying,
    of Caring is Right.
    it’s a very True cloth…and as i said on the forum, is telling It’s Own story.
    at this time there is no resolution, just the Gesture

    it’s very beautiful.

    and if when it’s finished, and if you decide to let it go, and if it’s not already
    spoken for, i would ask.


    • Patricia January 9, 2014 at 7:59 am #

      this has been an eye-opener for me. expressing something that is just so horrible–really. and you are right–there is no resolution–no RE solution. what remains then? no-word-but-“tragic” and this little gesture. and saying that, i marvel that “hope” still sits at my table.


      • karmadondruplhamo....grace forrest January 9, 2014 at 9:52 am #

        we don’t know…if there is resolution or not. in this moment we don’t
        know. so we just have to be on the side of Love and keep
        a bowl for Hope at our table. this is our work.


  5. jude January 10, 2014 at 11:35 am #

    it’s easy for a cloth, an image to become complicated. sometimes it can be simplified by bringing more focus to one area. pushing a lot of clutter to another plane,


    • Patricia January 10, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

      i’m looking at this–your comment have several thoughts about pushing clutter aside. we’ll see how it goes. glad you commented.


  6. beth January 10, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    Don’t know what to add to what has already been said… I do think the dark sky is powerful and true to story. And not to change the subject, but I want to ask about the cloth to the upper left in the second photo from last. Are they owl feet? Maybe I missed seeing this one…


    • Patricia January 10, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

      the feet–they belong to the white buffalo calf cloth i started awhile back. it’s patiently waiting. i don’t think i’ve posted it on my blog–well maybe, but it would have been awhile ago. i do this too–study pictures and notice all sorts of things. glad you asked!


  7. karmadondruplhamo....grace forrest January 11, 2014 at 3:44 pm #

    what part is clutter? it’s pinned onto or next to some other cloth…can you move it
    to be seen alone? i can’t see clutter…


    • karmadondruplhamo....grace forrest January 15, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

      am waiting


      • Patricia January 16, 2014 at 5:53 am #


        the question of clutter. ok. clutter.
        maybe it’s clutter–the heavy mass overhead–but maybe it’s more than clutter. maybe it’s thought form. and maybe there’s no other way to portray thoughts around the demise of earth’s oceans. it is heavy. heavy and mind-boggling. and the energy surrounding it is very dense. so in that way, i think the cloth overhead captures the severity of the situation.

        i will post another picture soon. the only changes have been the addition of kantha. kantha for the water. kantha circling the portal. and also invisible glue stitches everywhere. tying the cloth together.

        and as for the cloth it’s pinned to–the white buffalo calf–i think i’m ready to work on it again. to stitch with it into the spring. and then i think i’ll know more about where this is all headed. love to you.


        • karmadondruplhamo....grace forrest January 17, 2014 at 9:55 pm #

          so…can you take a pic of the Starfish cloth NOT pinned to
          White buffalo Calf?

          i think that might be the reference of clutter?????

          so we can see?

          and interesting, they are somehow so tied one with the other,
          tho…white buffalo calf/starfish
          this is interesting.

          we have to make the kantha, we have to circle and circle
          we have to. it’s our work.
          big and Giant love to you


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