Here we are, sheltering in place. We’re in week number 9 billion? Or am I exaggerating? Is it only week 7 billion?
OK, maybe it’s been less. None the less, it feels like we’re in limbo, all of us who are sheltering in place. Those who are on the front lines keeping all the rest of us going, what more can I say. You are so appreciated. Thank You.
I had been thinking about a design for a new coat. I’d start with a lovely kimono silk plaid and lay over it gentle curves and lines as a contrast. But as I added my skinny bias tubes, I saw that it was more and more about disruption. Without thought, just following my instincts, out came an expression of disorder and anxiety. Over the calm and symmetry of vertical and horizontal lines, I laid the strips going every which way, twisting and turning back over themselves. Turmoil and chaos.
Art! Such a wonderful way to release what’s going on inside. So much better than hiding under your bed in a fetal curl. Whether it’s through sewing or painting, poetry, music, gardening, cooking or however you express yourself, there is no better way to let it out and feel better.
The name for this coat, ‘Disruption.’
We were taught to match plaids, right? With this one I was just barely able to manage. Look at how out of whack it is! No fussy measuring when they wove this. Instead, it’s a free form idea of plaid.
See how it matches at the top of the picture? Then shifts completely off by the bottom. So perfect for what all else is going on.
I have some left of this silk. I’m looking forward to using the rest for a very un-matched plaid project.
A detail showing my strips basted in place. Next up, hand stitch everything down.
Please take care and stay safe!