Saturday, 4 July 2009

March BJP (in progress)

March BJP in progress

Last year, I thought it was important to respect chronology in my BJP efforts. This year, I cannot do it, and I keep thinking for every piece alternatively "something is missing" and "I can't go on with this piece".

With this piece, still not finished, I am quite pleased because it is maybe the first time I really do improvisationnal embroidery. I am beginning to think more in terms of cloth and colours and textures, rather than in terms of illustration of a feeling/idea. Then, I am amazed to see the piece is more revealing (to me) like that.

I just started from the juxtaposition of two textiles I had, and went on, following the voices of the piece/materials. I know which beads are wrong for the piece because they make me sick.

In the first days of March I visited a town with a sacred tree dedicated to fertility, then left India and my boyfriend. When I look at the piece I can only see an empty bed under a tree, no lover, no baby. My first visit to India I did after discovering I will probably never have another baby. I see also Christian symbols (Holy Spirit and trinity), and it is amazing how the more I learn about Hindu faith, the more I understand the religion of my ancestors ; symbols may be different, but in the end all human beings aspire to the same things.


beadbabe49 said...

You've made some major discoveries with this piece!
One of the reasons I love improvisational embroidery so much is because it reveals (to me) what is going on in my subconscious while I'm beading...

Hélène H said...

Yes, you're so right Bobby !

Camilla La Mer-Art Dolls said...

I am happy to read about your discoveries about improvisation...The process is so important The more you listen to it, the more it will reveal to you.

Your sharing about your time in India is so poignant. It sounds like a sad but beautiful time of revelation...More to be discovered both in your art work and in your soul!

Much love and many blessings,


marie said...

I find each step of the way in what ever I do is part of the journey and self discovery. Changing, growing and letting go and sometimes just accepting the moment for all it is. Thank you for sharing your improvisational embroidery. Beautiful!

KV said...

This particular piece is wonderful, Helene -- an excellent improvisational work!

Kathy V in NM

freebird said...

You are really doing the journaling with this piece. Wonderful. I love the birds, the red and the black. It's a great piece. Yes, I agree the world as a whole has universal truths that are conveyed by the religions. I see religion as a way of telling the story of our relationship with the Creator. Every society has it's own way of telling it and we'd all get along better if we'd see first the similarities rather than the differences.

I'm sorry you are sad at leaving your boyfriend and at the thought of no baby. I hope life finds you something good to fill that lonely spot (maybe a new love?).

Hélène H said...

Thank you all for your comments, always kind and insightful. I really appreciate it.



006 said...

Hello Hélène :)
Pour cette nouvelle année je te souhaite de retrouver l'énergie créative et re-créative :)



Anonymous said...

Good point, though sometimes it's hard to arrive to definite conclusions

Hélène H said...

How extraordinary you left a comment today, just after I dreamt I had a baby !