Archive for the ‘play’ Category

up – down – middle

May 14, 2017

spring rain

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micro made macro

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some of parts

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above. below. in-between.

April 26, 2017

up :: hvn

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there :: horizon-gazing :: in-the-margins/periphery

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down :: errth

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here :: on-the-nose :: center-of-mandala

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connector :: humn

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balanced :: t/here :: neither here-nor-there and both there-and-here

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missives from the playground

March 14, 2017

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adult playground – in photos

child’s playground – in words

both true.

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how to make chalk hand-prints (best results when 6 – 8-yrs-old):

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get a friend to trace around your body sprawled on the asphalt/ground with chalk

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spend long time deliberately skrushing in various solid colors with huge sidewalk chalks; for clothing, hair, accoutrements, and skin of your silhouetted image [could take 20-40 minutes]

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lightly pat your open palms onto chalk colored self-portrait a couple three times

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place hands firmly in an unchalked spot on the asphalt

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leap up into a handstand – after a breath, plant feet again earthward one at a time and stand tall [takes 1-2 seconds]

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there they are. bright colored hand-prints clear and detectable for all passers-by

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2017 how to

January 3, 2017

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how to be with the messy in-between of

frozen-with-fear and taking action

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to be with the messy in-between of

my intentions and making big mistakes

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be with the messy in-between of

making big mistakes and results of my actions

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how to be with the messy in-between of

results of my actions and my intent

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sync to sink

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or

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sink to sync

p.s.

tap

October 24, 2016
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inspired by my beloved’s tap shoes

photo haiku

September 21, 2016
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heaven

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earth

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human

water color

July 28, 2016

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it is not my right…

April 25, 2016

…to enjoy a walk by a river as a human

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the midges, skinks, mosquitoes, millipedes, bees, black snakes

and all else were and shoulda been miffed at my stromping through their territory

(which is not a gendered, nor an agendered, “bathroom”)

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the turtles slunk-plumped to a swim

away from sunny logs

even as i couldn’t detect my disruptive creeping

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it’s all i could do today…

to see a sweet slow paced spring-to-summer ing ness

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i could not make it to Raleigh today

waterside seemed

the pace to be

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freedom is not standing with all options

endless amazing choices

open to you

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standing here

can be

and often is

an immobilizing

inactive

stuck

p(l)ace

in space

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move

freedom is moving

with and into life

engaging a path

a way

and allowing capacity to breathe

and change course

as needed…

stitching brushstrokes

March 28, 2016

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first attempt at free-motion machine quilting with no foot at all around the needle:

bottom thread tension is too tight, and

the movement in egomindbodyenergy is wholing and wonderful

DSCN4610DSCN4594i made a layered blanket for a brand new human’s tummy time and lolling outdoor spring time. simply two pieces of cloth stitched together. the inner practice was akin to brushstroke, which is one of the most profound, spontaneous, simple forms of contemplative practice that aligns me in ease between sky and earth…

DSCN4593surprises/discoveries? i didn’t expect my rattly machine to abet quilting this way nor for this project to aid in my continuing healing wholing life-living processes

satisfactions? contrasting textures feel delicious and will help innervate the babe’s sense-gate of touch,

and i love the squiggly line forms

DSCN4597dissatisfactions? i have tried and cannot get the bottom thread tension to coordinate with the top thread in this machine

what’s next? more quirky combining of fabric textures and more footless free-motion quilting attempts…

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here’s a quilt for a soon-to-emerge human

floating squares score otra vez, with ever deepening improv experiences

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i’m not all settled/unpacked in this new dwelling, so no iron thus no ironing whatsoever, no cutting board thus no rotary cutting whatsoever – scissors only. i also never measured a thing, not against another cut edge and certainly not with any (packed away) rulers… nowhere in sight…

internal reasons this quilt is the most improv for me so far: 

i snipped squares and pieced patches randomly and stacked ’em up. (before, i tended to build the top right along as i amade the patches…) i enjoyed a whole other time/session to layout the patches numerous ways without any intention of settling on a final version to go forward with. then, i returned another time/session to sew the patches into a quilt top. beven then, i tried a few new layouts before sewing the top. next thing, i was moving to gather the batting and backing and pins… and spontaneously i saw some more pieces that wanted to be included. i added them in. i’ve never had such happen after i completed a top. the footless free-motion machine quilting was nearly one long-lasting brushstroke! i think there are actually only three separate brushstrokes. i just floated and flowed and pulled and pushed and reached and breathed this ways and thats. it was a blast – free-motion indeed.
gsurprises/discoveries? even with mixed fibers and textures, with no iron, there was not uncanny buckling or bubbling or bunching of seams and such. it can be done – a quilt can be made decently with minimal simple tools, yah.

satisfactions? again, the thorough-going joy at contemplative/improv creative practice. the process experience was rich and open in space-time.

dissatisfactions? my aesthetic results are still wanting. i don’t have any magic touch, noh, for satiating design appearances. i wonder about some brilliant combos of improv and traditional patchwork patterns i’ve seen in the fb page for “The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters”

what’s next? i wanna learn more about and try various needle sizes and thread weights…

betsy’s flower & moon

March 22, 2016

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