It has been too long a while

Hello again and apologies. Over the past year or so there have been computer issues, then no computer. It has been a interesting learning curve to realise just how dependant we  have become on technology for daily life. As yet I am not convinced this is totally beneficial.

On one hand it opens a vast exciting opportunity to connect, learn and share while on the other it can   lead to social isolation,the need for instant gratification and manipulation.By connecting to the ether we can become disconnected from daily life ,time and reality as well as  lose social skills .

My techno time out has been useful, and  has  offered more time to reflect, observe,  create, discover  and garden. As yet  I have not replaced the computer it has been  too busy living in a more basic and earthy world!

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Seasons

Small hand made figures representing the four seasons. These have been stitched from wool felt.
Seasonal Sprites

This  summer has been too long, too hot,too humid and too draining. In Australia the current season has been very fierce with weeks of hot and humid days as well as  many fierce fires and storms.No doubt many others, like me, are wishing for an  Autumn that might bring cooler days and gentle,refreshing rain and fear that climate change has greatly impacted Natures ability to heal and recover.

Pondering about this much  desired  change of season, reminded me of these little sprites that were made last year ; tiny beings who indicate that each season has its specific character and tasks necessary for nature to create and replenish.

Reality bites,it seems.

 

A Tropical Sunset,palm fronds silhouetted against a glowing skyA Tropical Sunset,palm fronds silhouetted against a glowing skyA Tropical Sunset,palm fronds silhouetted against a glowing sky
A Tropical Sunset, Gold Coast Australia.

This is perhaps a truer depiction of the Colours of Christmas on the Gold Coast. However,our local councils have set up artificial, plastic pine decorated Christmas trees where there are groves of tall majestic Bunyas , Norfolk island pines or similar types of fir like trees.

If eyes were fully open they might notice that Nature has been busy making her seasonal statement.

Flame tree
Mother nature decorates

To me this practice of favouring plastic replication is  bewildering . It seems as if  there is an encouragement to consider that the true beauty of the natural world is tawdry and that artificial replicas represent beauty and reality. Or is it another means of assisting and encouraging disconnection, of making people desensitized to the world around them,unable to discern and to seek knowledge and wisdom for themselves?

Spring

Row of blossom trees in full bloom at Melbourne, 2015
A Melbourne Spring,Edinburgh Park.

Spring is in full glory  once more in our Southern hemisphere. Blossoming is at its peak. All around colours and scents are rich and delightful. There is a sense of focused busyness as nature tries to ensure the future.

 

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At work

Spring inspires. Below is  an embroidery on wool felt that was stitched last year.This project drew inspiration from the blossoms in the top picture and also tried to connect to older symbols of Easter eggs,babies and blossoms for new life and new hope.

Hand stitched on felt
Springtime

Above all Spring is an experience of joyful beauty

 

Cycles

washed ashore,shells,sand,sticks and stones. Sea treasures.
Seashore

It was Albert Einstein who said “Look deep into nature then you will understand everything better”. He understood that relativity was not just the application of mathematics but a much deeper perspective that needed observation,imagination and creativity , that element of wonder that creates a greater awareness and understanding of the universe .

This  picture of the seashore  seems to encapsulate the story of creation. Minute particles merging to create new  forms,larger structures breaking down into minute particles; the timeless cycle of growth,decay and transformation that is the very essence of nature,life,evolution.

It is time to go outside, to observe and to meditate.

 

Gremlins

Every so often my computer will not allow me to add photos, as is the case presently, and very frustrating . The gremlins seem to be busy this month and I am trying to negotiate with them , even thinking I might be able to scan something only to find the printer has also succumbed. Grr.

However searching files that are available revealed a pirate to share. He began like this

piratecharacter1
on the way

However a little more research made it very clear that pirates were not nice at all. There has been a lot of touching up and romanticising about them.They were thieves and murderers, women and men who preyed,at times under the protection and orders of rulers and governments. My pirate changed.

Felt hand stitched pirate character that evolved
He grew up to be a real pirate

Aglow

Nature never fails to inspire.

Blooming aloe vera

A recent project was to create  a tiny lantern child, a project for our craft group.Her outfit seemed to come together without forethought .

A small wood and wire doll dressed in red,orange and yellow, carrying a felt lantern.
Carrying the flame

Once complete came the realisation that  her colours not only match the glow of her lantern but also reflects colours that are presently in nature.

Red,gold and orange  are present in turning leaves, aloe flowers and red hot poker lilies, glow and warm the soul, a reminder that soon the landscape will be wrapped in winters grey mantle.

Red Hot Poker Lily
Red Hot Poker Lily

Seasons Awry

 

Bird of paradise flower with vivid orange, topknot petals that look like flames
Garden Flame

It is April, yet we are having another day over thirty degrees centigrade. A day that is bright,clear, hot and feels like summer. Its has a glow and blaze like the flame of the bird of paradise flower that has decided to reveal its beauty and light to the garden this week.

However, in the southern hemisphere, this is supposed to be the time of Autumn. The time of mists and cooling down.Instead we are still heading to the beach.

Hand stitched Scene of beach with mermaid,fish,seahorse and crab, also incorporating real shells and coral
A Beach Frolic

Nature is confused. The garden last month offered Autumn crocus that has been followed by the yellow jasmine that usually blooms in Spring and early summer.

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Summer has lingered longer this year and felt much warmer than in the past. This week seasons and seasonal markers have come to mind and taken shape as persona.

Small figures stitched from wool felt that each personify a season.
Season Sisters

These season sisters wear pointy hats for a reason. It was an ancient belief that such headgear focused energy and concentration to connect with a higher creative power; in this instance nature and the cycles that have manifested life and sustained it on our planet for millennia.

Whoops, not only are the seasons mixed up so is the order of the sisters, who stand as summer,autumn,spring and winter. initially i was going to remove the picture and replace it,on second thoughts  I shall leave it ,it works well with the sentiment.