I am taking part in an interesting project on one of my favourite blogs, Spirit Cloth by Jude Hill. With intentions of making one (or several) collaborative textiles, she has been collecting “magic feathers”. These feathers were to be embroidered and mailed to her. She received 713 before she stopped collecting, from all over the world. You’ll be glad if you check them out, she has posted each and every one, and they are all so different and beautiful. What an amazing ressource is the internet community.
Now she is collecting appliqué stones to go with the feathers. To ground them, as she says. Yesterday I spent the day under a tree in O’dell park making little tiny stones. They take nearly no time and are very relaxing, no worries about making a perfect circle or having untarnished cloth. The more rock-like the better. She has a how-to video on the site for anyone interested.
I was especially inspired by the river rocks which fill the streams in the park, many of which are coated in the greenest of mosses this time of year. Today I put them all in an envelope to head off on their journey to New York. It will be the first time that my work has left the country.
Collaboration has a really healthy feeling about it.