Beginnings AND Endings

30 Jan

Thinking they may really be the same–these arbitrary points I’m calling “beginnings and endings.” And noticing how they are each different on their own accord. Practice is helping but I really don’t need to judge if one is better than the other. In fact, all I need to do is get out of the way of my opinions–get out of the way of thinking I can control how it will be.

So, here’s to getting out of the way….










28 Responses to “Beginnings AND Endings”

  1. scavengers220 January 30, 2015 at 7:15 am #


    • Patricia January 31, 2015 at 6:32 am #

      thank you. some more so than others. it’s interesting where it’s taking me. noticing all sorts of parallels between baskets and the process of being. who would have thought?

  2. deleted January 30, 2015 at 7:22 am #

    stunningly beautiful – I love the shapes (or mis-shapened shapes) and the colors. You have been working diligently this week! Your eye and creativity amazes me.

    • Patricia January 31, 2015 at 6:33 am #

      funny how the “black sheep”–the mis-shapened ones appeal to me the most.

  3. Marti January 30, 2015 at 8:33 am #

    Did you find time to sleep? What an amazing output of work; the baskets, wonderful explosions of color; in particular, the large black and green one and the next row, the 2nd from the right, green…green is my magnet. As I enlarged the photo, I noticed the soft peach basket and the white and brownish taupe colored basket and they are every bit as powerful, with their subtle use of color.

    AND then I noticed the wall hanging and I got lost in it: Did you create this as well? Those flaps of cloth pieces, the soft primordial colors, leaves of landscape, there is such mystery and magic in this piece, you want to lift up each flap and hold your breath to see what is underneath…this is a soft but powerful cloth because the more you look, the more you become a part of it, the more alive it becomes…

    • Patricia January 31, 2015 at 6:37 am #

      the wall hanging–yes, i made that back in 2007–i guess it was my first foray into using cloth more as expression than garment. it’s a piece i just did–not knowing what i was doing at all–but i knew why i was doing it. my mother had transitioned a month before. she had fabric in her DNA. her sewing was meticulous (so unlike my own) and i needed to honor that. it’s machine stitched with gold thread that kept breaking–and backed with some wonderful tapestry fabric i had on hand. now i’m thinking i will make another one using my dyed fabrics. so glad you noticed it.

  4. beth January 30, 2015 at 9:04 am #

    Oh, how nice to see that tribe laid out on the table! Letting each whisper the shape and ending to you. Of course that is the solution.

    • Patricia January 31, 2015 at 6:38 am #

      ooooooooo yes. the tribe. and it continues to expand. each welcomed for their own individual-ness.

  5. em January 30, 2015 at 9:13 am #


    • Patricia January 31, 2015 at 6:38 am #

      a mirror perhaps. not amazing, just a mirror.

  6. Liz January 30, 2015 at 9:41 am #

    I confess … at first I didn’t “get” the bowls. But seeing them here, in their wonderful variety of expression, now I get it. What amazing persistence you have … and so much to show for it. Huzzah!

    • Patricia January 31, 2015 at 6:40 am #

      hi Liz. i have to admit i’m having some sort of “issue” with the bowls as well. i love that they are functional. but i’m watching this little snooty thought that keeps arising. what is that?

  7. Nancy January 30, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    Seeing this giant party of beginnings, endings, and color on the table had me think, ‘Why of course these would sell!” The unique colorations of each basket speak on their own and together they WoW! I am still partial to the slide end, but I also like the small open loop and the double loop. My friend made me a briaded cloth rug (it is on my blog somewhere!! lol) I find it so interesting to use cloth in these non-flat ways. 🙂 Thank you for sharing all you’ve accomplished.

    • Patricia January 31, 2015 at 6:42 am #

      3 dimensional application of cloth. yes, this appeals to me as well. i think of Grace’s dolls and then i imagine structures. all sizes. but for now we’ll see if the baskets will do more than occupy space at the table. and if that’s all they do, for now, well then that is enough.

  8. bethstephens2012 January 30, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    How fabulous! Go cousin go!

  9. Anonymous January 30, 2015 at 4:03 pm #

    Love them all!

    • Patricia January 31, 2015 at 6:43 am #

      wish i could thank you by name–but will thank you just the same. appreciate your comment!

  10. fiberels January 30, 2015 at 5:02 pm #

    What an amazing collection !!!!!

    • Patricia January 31, 2015 at 6:44 am #

      i think the sum is greater than the parts. thank you.

  11. deanna7trees January 30, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

    wonderful baskets. i love making these. love the mixture of colors you’ve used.

    • Patricia January 31, 2015 at 6:44 am #

      hey Deanna. would love any tips you might have. i’m just stumbling around here. learning as i go.

      • deanna7trees January 31, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

        if you google “coiled fabric basket tutorials” you will find lots of info and videos. i was going to send you some links to the ones i’ve made that might give you some more ideas but i don’t have your e-mail address and didn’t feel right sharing it here.

  12. Dana January 30, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

    What a festival of containing! Together these baskets are quite powerful. I see you have devised a number of ways to deal with the final transition and the variety is part of the mass effect. How satisfying!

    • Patricia January 31, 2015 at 6:46 am #

      a “festival of containing.” i love that image. love it. and there is a certain celebratory feeling to the lot of them. especially when in community. another parallel.

  13. Carol January 31, 2015 at 12:18 am #

    Love, love, Patricia, the baskets!

    • Patricia January 31, 2015 at 6:46 am #

      hey you. tell me how it goes in your world?

  14. grace January 31, 2015 at 9:52 am #

    i have wandered around this table of baskets over and over and love EACH of them, love
    the ones with what to me is a butterfly perched at the edge. How Amazing!…that you
    had the initial Urge and then……LOOK!….how just so Amazing! I would want them ALL.
    I would want to build a special room onto this house, The Basket Room and have
    nothing in it but these baskets and i would sit in that room with them…All of us on the floor and i would imagine things..

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