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Buongiornio

This delightful island with about 3000 residents, is a colourful sight.  Its main industries are fishing and lace making, the houses were originally painted in this way so that fisherman could see their homes from sea,  Practical, but for me, when I   look at the wonderful array of colours i see love and harmony, especially when the sun is shining down on the community

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When I first saw this picture, I had to look at it again to see if it was a painting or a picture.The yellow is so sunny, so bright and cheerful.  What struck me about the place is the serenity and quiet of the place.  I saw the pictures first, and then the video.

ede9c95b-9eac-4354-bfab-2aac792d93e1This picture with the visual inclusion of signs of life,took me right to the village, I could imagine the children playing outside, the women gathering to talk over coffee.  The curtain pulled across so that the family could enjoy the fresh air and still retain their privacy.  The village has been there for years and years, the lacing industry there since 1400’s.  It takes tourists about 45 min. to get there by boat, Burano is an island in the Northern Venetian Lagoon, close to Venice and Murano. It is known for its brightly  hued houses,  We can certainly see why.

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You know how I love doors.  Doors are the symbol (for me) of new beginnings.  I love, love, love them.  Their diversity, the mystery, the adventure.  It appears that in this community, I would never lack for an interesting door or doorway.

In our immediate world, the doors may not always be visible but they are there never-the-less.  Watch for them,be flexible in your wanderings, dare to step outside the box and explore a new door today.  or   let one close, and enjoy the freedom of exploring and seeing the world with fresh eyes, eyes wiling to surrender to the joy of living, basking in the emotions of life and the myriad pleasures derived from living life to its fullest.  

Namaste     –     Oyashikiri

PL Precept #1     Life is Art

Thanks for sharing this moment in time with me.

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Murano Italy, known for its glassworks

lace and life

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Once upon a time, I thought I would like to try my hand at doing something different.  I had seen some beautiful pieces at an antique show and wondered how it was done. Having a creative streak that just won’t quit, I began to ask around and was surprised that in my circle of friends, no one tatted or knew of anyone who did. For lace, it was also an unknown art to my immediate creative buddies.  We were one of a kind doll makers, we sculpted, sewed and worked with totally different media.

lace tatting 1940

This is a picture of a cover from a tatting book from the 1940’s. In my treasure hunting expeditions, I had seen such a tool and had not known what it was and no one around could educate me either.  Now of course with access to google search and other such vehicles, information is more at hand.  Tatting is a dying art form, it requires a ton of patience, and a love for working with very fine material and following a pattern.

lace and tatting

When I reflect back on what I could have done, and what I in the end, have done….  well …. the methods of applying my gray matter, processing information, working with chicken wire, wire,precious and semi precious metals, sculpting materials like Apoxie Sculpt. or the liquid polymers like Paverpol  and Powertex, all gave me creative ways to express my ideas, feelings and thoughts in a visual way.

needle felted by Q

This is a needle felted dancer that i did during my love affair with sheep, fleece and roving.  I like form, movement, and a sense of whimsy, I want abstract so that the viewer can find their own connection to my work.

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Here a Victorian “mystery” woman walks away, or if she is in your garden, and you are walking towards her, =^_^= you’ll meet her in a different way. This was done with wire, and fabric so that it could withstand Canadian climate, she does come in during the winter months..

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Crocheting  a hat so I could display felted flowers was the closest I got to lace and tatting.  We all express ourselves differently, what is important is that we do so in a way that will please us, and in so doing bring a smile to others.  For all of us who love to express ourselves, visually, vocally, (the written word is to me a visual expression) we are given the skills, and the tools, it is up to us to  create our own works of art.

When we do whatever it is we are attempting to do, with our full makoto (sincerity) and focus, our results are usually more positive and appealing to us and others.  Right… not everyone will like what you say or do, however, if you have spoken or applied love  and kindness into your actions, you have done your best.  That is really all you can do.

My father in law is as I write this,  is in his final days  here on earth.  He has lived a long and productive life (99) a man who till very recently was totally focused on what he needed and wanted.  He gave love, laughter and life to family and friends, now in the quiet of this journey, I visually see his life, like a piece of lace, beautiful in the making, and his memory will be a reflection of the time, patience and effort he put in to his personal pattern that no one else can replicate.

We create art…  however we ourselves …. are works of art….. life is art…………. 

Namaste   –   Oyashikiri

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