Monday, 20 March 2017
THE HUMBLE STONE
One of those sites is Tanglewood Threads (tanglewoodthreads.blogspot.com) where textile artist Penny Berens shares her work & process. Over the past few years she has completed some INCREDIBLY beautiful pieces to a consistent repetitive theme. Last year she produced daily/weekly cruciform patches from her fabric scraps. This year she is stitching stones...stones that mean something to her, that have caught her eye, have been a catalyst to thought & contemplation.
Using fabric & hand-stitch she is producing an exquisite body of work, that is truly a visual meditation. It is also a very clever way of recording those little treasures, like feathers, stones, & leaves, that we arty types tend to collect on our walks & adventures in the big wide world.
My collection of 'stones-that-grabbed-me' cluster around pot plants.
By this stage, this small 15cm squared piece of weekly art project had taken a few more hours...yes, HOURS...than my guiltometer was happy with! Therefore I left it at this point.
As with some of the other unexpected contributions to this weekly discipline focused on my garden, I am SO glad to have the stone there in the mix. It reminds me that there is a lot more to a garden than plants. It reminds me that, whilst I don't very often really focus on the stones when I walk past them, if they were removed...I would miss them. It reminds me that even the smallest things we so often take for granted, are worthy of our undivided attention once in a while...even if it takes hours!