Friday, 13 March 2015

spaceship earth






 map of the world, this dye result just makes me very happy.....I'm not sure what to make of it, literally...as I have little time for stitching anyway, I have time to ponder on what to do eventually...............









thank you Julie for pointing me towards this particular collection of Mary Oliver's poems

'Though the worms kept biting and pinching
I fell in love with this star.
I stared at it every night -
that light so clear and far.

Listen, a junkyard puppy
learns quickly how to dream.
Listen, whatever you see and love -
that's where you are.'

Sam Lee Blackbird








14 comments:

Susan said...

Hi Saskia. What lovely cloth. I love the map quality too. The circular one - an ancient volcano rim in the sea?

Liz Ackert said...

Beautiful light through tree branches ... and then the post just keeps getting better and better.
How, pray tell, did you accomplish that amazing map of the world dye? It is most beauteous!
P.S. Went to see the Mystiqueros last night and thought of you ...

Dana said...

The dye markings are so evocative and inviting! They are a clear call and I will be anxious to see what you make of them. Your tree branches and the Sam Lee video make thought-provoking brackets for your post.

Mo Crow said...

Saskia, you're map is very inviting!

Nancy said...

Love the quiet of your branches, and then to see them again (similar ones) at the start of the video. Nice. The map is indeed fantastic. I will watch what journey it tell you of. The blue(ish) circle of living is equally amazing. The colors and movement are so beautiful. I've missed you being here so much, but am grateful your days must be full and keeping you busy.

suzanna said...

An otherworldly cloth...

Anonymous said...

wat een bijzonder resultaat
i like them all , pic. 5 and 8 are like a map even 3 ask for use me i have a lot of potential
lieve groet M.

Julie S said...

They are like the engraved maps in museums. They are maps, they will tell you which way to go. Dont keep buying all the books that I name drop or you will definitely become an indentured book clerk....

Julie S said...

PS The Love Song of Miss Queenie arrived today in library for me!

Marti said...

Be still my heart and itchy dye fingers because I want to trace the dye markings, both pieces. The first cloth, the portal to your land; the 2nd cloth, the legend of place- map to the unknown and yet so familiar. If you planned these designs, excellent; if you didn't and they came unexpectedly, well then they are a terrific gift, unique and so fitting for the wizardry of the dye pot.

Ms. said...

I've started to get the dye itch too. The greens are fabulous (copper pieces?)...we junkyard dogs do learn to love. I love what you love.

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

hi Susan, maps have held such promise for me ever since I was a young girl....and now they evolve here on my own porch in the dye pot, how promising is that!

well Liz, I set out to get a completely different result using half of a metal lampshade with an intricate design, however none of the curlicues materialized and boy am I glad they didn't as I Love the cloth-map that we see here; ah those Mystiqueros guys, still up to their usual tricks?? how nice of you to think of me!

hi Dana, the eerie feel of the bare trees was echoed beautifully in the video, I simply could not resist.

and as both you and Mo have commented: the map is indeed inviting, just like 'real' maps, the mind starts to wander instinctively....

oh Nancy, it is good to be missed...and yes I am very busy, in a good way I hasten to add, however time alone in the studio is a luxury, I hope one day there will be more

quite Suzanna, a map transports one to another world!

dank je M. ik ben er heel content mee, nu nog naaien

you'll just have to stop mentioning them then Julie, because I have no intention of stopping, haha;
oh you will enjoy this read

Marti, both are gifts of course, although the one with the circles came out more as I had been able to foresee than the map, which, as I mentioned in the answer to Liz's comment, turned out completely different from what I had anticipated as the metal lampshade left no imprint whatsoever. I love the idea of wizardry being involved in the dyeing process.

yes Michelle, a piece of copper pipe was in there as well as many coins - however I'm not sure they still contain copper - plus the bucket itself is part brass, part copper; I must take photos of all of these dyeing utensils a.s.a.p.
how excellent that you're considering be dyeing as well, there must be many plant-dye-ingredients in NY; have just seen an interesting city dweller's website on fb, her name's Arja Hop, she is an artist whose latest project is all about making dyes from plants growing in her home town Amsterdam, I've shared it on fb

thank you all for commenting and letting me know you still check in from time to time, as my posting has become a lot less frequent...I will be back, I promise And make the effort to visit you as well.....much love from me to you



grace Forrest~Maestas said...

root tracings. just Incredible, O....
Love all this. It's worth waiting for.

Heather said...

Isn't Mary Oliver wonderful? I read one of her dog poems aloud to my two hounds, and they sat and stared at me as if I was speaking their language.
Your maps are mysterious and beautiful.