As above so below

 

Dusk falling as sea.sky and shore seem to merge merge
Dusk

Sand,sea and sky seem to merge as the day fades .  Once more the waves roll in and out  as the clouds roll over the sky; the elements connected and connecting, infinitely.

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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.

Bunny Love

Small section of a nature scene with rabbit and duck,handstitched from felt.
Rejoicing the season

Easter has come early this year . In the northern hemisphere the symbols of baby animals,flowers and new life makes sense as a celebration of Spring, rebirth and renewal. Here, in the southern hemisphere, we are entering Autumn so this ancient Spring ritual seems a little out of place; however, the symbols can still make sense as we celebrate harvest and a time to go deep in the earth, to burrow, and to reflect on what we seeds we will sow to emerge anew in our Spring.

This musing led me to realise that often rabbits and hares seem to have hopped into my imagination and creative endeavors. I have been including tiny rabbits or hares in most of my nature pieces for sometime. Since the beginning of the year they have become little white creatures and seem to have wanted to take form as tiny companions and comforters for children. Considering that we have just experienced a lunar eclipse, and for many the celebration of Easter,  now seems an appropriate time to share some of these little rabbits

Rabbits and hares are ancient symbols in many cultures and belief systems.As a symbol they are often linked to the moon, to fertility, renewal, abundance, luck, emotion and intuition as well as the triple Goddess and  to the trinity.

I have also read that Native American wisdom terms the rabbit as the “Fear Caller”, calling to attention that  its timid, ever alert, nervous behaviour  can attract the very things that are feared by continually thinking about them.This makes a lot of sense to me and in this instance it has been suggested that we can use the rabbit as a reminder to work past fear and to create positive intent and action. Perhaps this is why intuitively  I have chosen   to make tiny rabbits as “pocket pals”.

Tiny white rabbit in an egg shaped pocket with flower decoration, handstitched from wool felt
Pocket Pal

 

The rabbit is also a symbol of family and that, too, is close to heart so I am going to continue to work with and love the rabbit as a guide.

White rabbit holding a heart,handstitched form wool felt
Bunny Love