I’ll admit it, I am a planner. I find my way through life with lists and schedules. Spontaneity, although I admit is fun and exciting, can also be disruptive and interfere with, yes, my carefully laid out plans.
I’ve been looking forward to the Baltimore craft show this coming February. Finally! An in person show! But I was also a little nervous, because the latest covid variation is raging and I was worried about the hours on a plane, the logistics of a hotel and restaurants and crowds of people.
But, you know, there it was in my calendar, scheduled in. Planned. I was not going to argue with my plan. I had signed up and I was going to go. I was focused on the positive and looking forward to going.
So when the email came from the American Craft Council folks that because of the covid numbers, they had rescheduled the show from February to May, I was a a bit stunned. As I digested the news, my feelings were thrown back and forth between, ‘Whew!!!’ and,….. ‘sigh….’
I stared at my computer, thinking, ‘but my schedule!!!’
It was a reminder that things change, that no matter where you think you are headed, you might be wrong.
The silver lining, in anticipation of Baltimore, I’ve been nose to the sewing machine. And because I am signed up for the Smithsonian show in April, [fingers crossed that show will happen…] I’ll have plenty of new pieces to bring.
Including this group, sewn from classic kimonos. Full of traditional Japanese imagery. Like the one below, with ocean waves, bamboo and cords.
And this pretty one with a venture of phoenixes [I just learned this, a large group of phoenix is ‘an odyssey’ a small group is ‘a venture’.] The phoenix is a mystical bird that lives 500 years and is reborn from the ashes of its predecessor. It has a very long and flowing tail which you can see winding around and through the leaves and flowers.
And this coat, from such an amazing kimono, with pink gradating to grey with bold cherry blossoms. The vertical stripes of bamboo make for a elongated and flattering design.
So, instead of Baltimore, these pieces will be making their debut this coming April in Washington DC.
That is, unless,…