I wasn’t planning on picking a word for 2010, but I just did — congruence

Lining up with oneself.  Lining purpose up with essence.

True congruence would be enlightenment.  I’ll aim a little lower.

Beginning with what I hope to be an extended LOOK AT WORDS, the shape of them, the feel of them, I wondered what it would feel like to take a rant page (the black ink) and weave in questions designed to encourage release — like, “Could you let this go”, “would you?” , and “when?” (from “The Sedona Method“) (the magenta).

What I found —

  • ribbons this narrow obscured too much of the text for what I was after.  I have since added vertical lines of machine-quilting and plan to add some hand-stitching tonight… perhaps a lot, given that the words aren’t really legible anyway.
  • I don’t have the right pens yet.  A medium sharpie bleeds too much, and the pigment pen isn’t fat enough.  Also, for this to be effective for how I want to work, I have to be able to write FASTER — which might require securing the fabric to a surface and acquiring different markers.  Any recommendations?
  • the Ott light reads as REGULAR fluorescent and not HOT fluorescent  on my camera’s manual setting– which explains difference in pix.

What I wondered —

  • what it would look like if I pressed the strips first,
  • or made them irregular in width,
  • or turned them into bindings first, like this project
  • does making a cloth piece out of the words/feelings I wish to release by definition mean I’m holding on to them?

An exquisite woven cloth with quilted center, here.

Here are some words on paper that I love and here.

8 thoughts on “Congruence

  1. arlee

    ouch i’d say those “angry pages” would make a GREAT erosion bundle

    And i LOVE that heart–with the rest of the entry though it is ironically “incongruous”

    be well

  2. deemallon

    thanks arlee — I hadn’t thought of that incongruence… perhaps the heart was a kind of prayer. I ended up deleting all the personal stuff. It’s something I go back and forth about.

  3. Dee

    yolie, thanks for the link — I think I’ve heard of these pens mentioned before for fabric & will treat myself to a few… the pigment pen I was using was by Staedtler.

    for me, when the cringing leads to an overwrought sense of vulnerability and exposure, it’s time to take it down. I think blogging takes time to wiggle into one’s own voice, just the way quilting or collage does, and I’m not there yet.

    sts. I think one way to help with this would be to create a completely anonymous blog where I spill whatever I want!!

  4. Paloma

    What and interesting approach to textile arts. I love the idea of leaving your loads, or the things that bug you in such a direct way, as in a personal diary yet invisible words for the rest of the world to see. From the rest of the links you added to your post, I believe that the way the strips of fabric are cut may add to the meaning of the work. It’s a different feeling to it if it’s cut with a rotary cutter or if you simple rip the strips apart. Very intersting, I love it.

    1. deemallon

      thank you Paloma.. i’m excited to explore this as both textile art and metaphor… the cutting of strips will definitely be making a difference. and there may be times I DON’T want to obscure all the words… we shall see!


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