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.

 

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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

Multiplication

It seems to have become more difficult to post, because of fearing to be repetitious and boring. After a while even new projects seem to take on a similarity, although I can see, sometimes, an improvement or a new way of presenting a former theme.

Two friends

Here are some newly created characters, miniature needle felted rabbits. They bring back to mind visiting one of  Beatrix Potter’s homes “Hilltop” at Sawry in the Lakes District of England. Much to my delight  we saw two rabbits ,pictured below,frolicking in a field.

Two rabbits frolicking in the field at Beatrix Potter's first farm ,Lakes District .U.K
Spring ,Beatrix Potters Farm.

In the main wild rabbits are considered to be a major pest. Here in Australia they were introduced and have multiplied too well endangering native species ( this introduction being a consequence of ignorance and  folly of man, not the fault of the rabbit).

As a pet or subject in art or literature  rabbits become endearing.  In the whole scheme of nature  they have a purpose and a reason, for everything is connected and relevant.Sadly the interconnection of all things has been forgotten and abused . The balance of nature is now much compromised and too many creatures,including humans, face extinction.

Group of rabbits that are miniature in size, 1-2cm. The techniques used to create them was dry or needlefelting. They are a continuation of exploring woodland creatures as a theme.
 More Bunnies

As happens with rabbits, these little characters are multiplying too! The only danger they represent is a pull at the heartstrings.

Welcome your Dreams

 

Another view of tiny felt mushroom house.
Welcome

 

Have you wondered, too, what it might be like to live in a little house like this?

As a piece of felt becomes a little mushroom house I  tend to go into flights of fancy.Making these is a joyful experience, the process, the materials, the dreaming and the stories they inspire. If they give pleasure and inspiration to someone else it is a rich reward for the many  hours it takes to complete.

Welcome your dreams. Explore and enjoy  the creativity they can unleash.

Small toadstool house handstitched from wool felt, with applique,embroidery and beading
Flight of Fancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making a Statement.

Closeup picture of flowers on poinciana tree that glows in our garden in the summer
Poinciana

Every summer the garden glows.

This tree is not a native but it thrives in our area, and gives the gift of beauty. As the season warms up the glow of this tree enhances and dazzles. The richness of red, the pattern of the petals, the contrast of the flowers to dry bush landscape around is a living work of art. It warms the imagination and inspires.

Textures : Poinciana petal and stone
Textures : Poinciana petal and stone

A local red is the flame tree which offers pure wonder when it is in full bloom. It hosts  a multitude of insects and birds who revel in its flowering. Whilde in bloom during spring and early summer it dazzles and makes an exuberant presence in the bush.

flame tree in full bloom
Flame tree

When the flowers disappear the green foliage blends into the landscape. Their strong presence, when garbed in red, has softened. It seems that, once they have made their statement, they wait patiently nurturing the seeds of creativity, the offspring of this strong statement of beauty and presence.

 

To market,To Market

A group of handmade vegetables form felt, zucchini,tomato carrot,beetroot and mushrooms, my own designs based on real vegetables.
Stew perhaps?

Felt + Food = Fun, Fascination, Frivolity and Fixation.

Once the urge to create felt food comes it takes on an obsessive compulsion.

A group of handmade vegetables form felt, zucchini,tomato carrot,beetroot and mushrooms, my own designs based on real vegetables.
Felt Food Collage

Why?  It has made me realise how little attention  we pay to the objects around us. It makes me observe more closely, look at all the tiny details and realise that too often we tend to glimpse and not really see. So I make and wonder and enjoy the entire process.

Sowing Seeds of Delight

Collage of flowers ,lemon blossoms,sun flower and blue salvia.
The earth laughs in flowers, so it is said.

A day in the garden, planting, is very soul restorative. Today was such a day; a day full of anticipation and amazement.

Joining up to Instagram recently has been another high point. This has been a way to learn, observe more astutely and to connect.

Instagram has fed my passion for photography, nature and fine detail. Using this medium enables me to record beauty and to share it . It has enabled me to learn new skills, as well as to refine old ones. It has also given me a focus and a daily rhythm, but most importantly it has become a daily meditation with nature. More significantly gardening and photography have encouraged me to look more closely within and without.

Gardening is calming and healing, always a guide and teacher.

Bee in clump of purple flowers
Bee-autiful

Today the bees and birds were in full chorus. Soft perfumes of wattle and blossoms drifted in the air. The smell of the soil and of the hay mulch intermingled. This blending of scents is one of life and growth and promise,a reminder that it is from earth we came and to earth we return.

Pom Pom

Closeup of a flower of Caliandra, the pom pom tree
Caliandra, the pom pom tree

Nature makes pom poms too.

Perhaps flowers like these inspired our ancestors to experiment and create their own. I wonder.

When crafting  the sky has no limits for the clever ideas that turn pompoms into characters, fruits and decorations. TodayI have been musing on this notion, and once again reminded how nature is our greatest teacher and inspiration.

Mushroom Musing

My muse is nature and when instinctively we synchronise it is such a feeling of wonder and awe. After I finished this piece I took a walk in the garden.

Needlebook cover featuring a toadstoool house,a wool felt applique with button and bead embellishment
Welcome Fantasy

Delighted and surprised to find that almost by magic these had appeared.

White mushroom that is beautiful but probably poisonous.
Lethal Beauty?
Tiny brown mushroom
Tiny brown mushroom

An unexpected discovery as it is not the usual season. Perhaps a they are a tiny miracle, or rather an indicator of climate change?

Whatever the reason their delicate beauty masks their ability to thrive, survive and multiply. Mushrooms are powerhouses we do not yet fully understand. Nature is our greatest teacher who asks us to carefully observe,respect,cherish and to protect all that she has so lovingly created and shared..

All around

It was an early start . Dawn was slowly breaking. About to open the car boot I noticed a pretty pattern laid on the bumper bar.

Slowly I turned in a small tight circle observing what was immediately in view.   So much was revealed.
This tiny patch  offered awesome inspiration. Presented there was a collage of textures and tones,shapes,and sizes. All the basic rules we apply to art, skillfully combined so naturally.

A collage of various texture found in nature,bark,stone,leaf matter and dust
Nature Collage