Thursday, September 10, 2020

The Warrior and the Prophet!

 Hello All!

I believe that we are all experiencing something so unexpected.  None of us ever thought to be confined and to be doing and living in such a different way.
For me, I have used this as a great learning experience. Personally as well as professionally. My learning curve (in both) has flown right off the charts.

I am thankful for the chance to really connect with so many through my art and my yoga...online.
My art and yoga have joined hands and each nourishing the other.

It is a time when anything that sits deep within us will surface. Pleasant and perhaps unpleasant.
I have chosen to look carefully at what will enter my life...to be in the flow...let all unnecessary flow past.
(HA! but I am human and I too, have my days...like a couple weeks ago when I flung myself across the couch stating that I have no purpose in this life...I know! I got over it thanks to my well grounded husband and my happy puppy.)
 

ART: One of a Kind Pieces
I feel that I am at a place of growth within my life that, finally, I can express in my art what my soul has been trying to communicate with me for years! I can finally just be able to hear the whisper.

I usually will create pieces for the annual NIADA Conference and as it would be this year was different. So it went online and really did a beautiful job. 

I still did create two dolls. And I was happy that I had the space within myself to create a new line of small 12-inch tall doll pieces. Little Treasures or in Japanese  'Takaramono'. These pieces also hold the consciousnesses of Warrior or Prophet. 

RESEARCH:
Warrior: SenShi
You know how much I love research...in Japan there were samurai women, Onna Bugeisha.
女武芸者, "female martial artist" was a type of female warrior belonging to the Japanese nobility. These women engaged in battle alongside samurai men mostly in times of need. They were members of the bushi (samurai) class in feudal Japan and were trained in the use of weapons to protect their household, family, and honour in times of war.

I thought that at this time, a Warrior was much in need. But one that held high honor to themselves and to others.


Prophet or Teacher: Sensei
This is where artistic license of inspiration takes hold. For there are many more men mentioned in history then women. This is where being an artist I can take the symbolism or meaning and translate in my own "words" or in this case piece of art.
Sensei, Seonsaeng or Xiansheng (先生) is an honorific term shared in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese honorifics that is translated as "person born before another" or "one who comes before". 
 
In general usage, it is used, with proper form, after a person's name and means "teacher"; the word to show respect to someone who has achieved a certain level of mastery in an art form or some other skill.

 

Morihei Ueshiba O Sensei : Founder of Akido
My Art My Voice:
I started these pieces by sculpting the heads in air- dry clay. I knew that I wanted them to be small and have a vintage antique feel to them!
My fabric for the body is vintage kimono silk. I loved this because of the soft creaminess of the white color and the design within the weave!
These tiny heads ( 1 1/2") are sculpted and then covered with the wonderful kimono silk. I appreciate letting the fabric be "the master" and letting it lead the way to where it wants to lay on the face...
Note how the print of the weave works for both of these pieces- more to come!
 
Below: Faces covered in silk, eyes painted and over all shading
Bodies sewn, armatured, and stuffed...12-inches tall
"X" in memory of my Dad
Warrior: SenShi
I wanted to design somewhat of a traditional kimono- but if she was indeed a warrior- she would have to have movement with her clothing and in tones of the Earth. 
She needed wide-leg pants and a paneled jacket.
Fabrics: vintage kimono silk and green with embroidered gold dots-Indian silk
Yellow Fabric: to be her obi/belt- Indian
Pants- Indian silk.
I loved this ones fabric face- fabric weave looks like a scar of battle at her eyebrow! We all have scars - this one she wears proudly.
Final Images:

Note: I embroidered her eyebrow as if her proud scar was present.

Prophet or Teacher: Sensei
Her clothing came to me to be in the blue tones of the Sky.
Dress in vintage Vietnamese silk lined with red Chinese vintage silk.
Embroidery by machine and hand.
Pants vintage Kimono cotton.
Final images:


Close up of silk jacket trim in Indian silk, hand-made tassel, and machine embroidery


SenSei is available.
Thoughts on this Series:
It has been a stirring in my soul for many years to be able to create something that held the feeling of "before another"...in other words a piece of antiquity but of today. I feel that I have been able to channel or create that in these pieces. I love the feel of them in my hand and the look of them as they sit upon my shelf gazing at me with the look of compassion and all knowing. 

As I have been fortunate to be an artist for half my life, I realize that art comes and it leaves the artist. These have entered in a fresh new breath bringing that vitality of life. And I know they will be here for awhile and them it will be there time to leave...it will be their decision on how long I will be able to create them in my life time.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Ito Series : One

Transcending 

"Ito"

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April 2020
As we enter into our current time and place, the virus we are all facing brings on thoughts and behaviors that reach both end of the spectrum...middle ground is where I choose to place my focus.

I find that to be aware but not obsessed and to balance it with things that bring me happiness.
Finding the middle.
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For myself, it especially important to be able to step back and take a breath. To seek out and find the big picture...and mostly to be fully part of our human race. 
I do believe we are all connected...we are all human.

So I find it a wondrous act of synchronicity that my posting is about my new collection of dolls - figures. Ito.

Red string of Fate...Akai Ito
There is a legend...from Japan and into China.

"The legend has it that there exists an intangible string of fate that binds the two souls that are destined to be together. It says that “an invisible red string connects those who are destined to meet regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The yarn can stretch or contract but it could never break.” No matter what path we take in our lives we will always be destined to meet a certain someone. According to the Chinese legends, the thread is tied around the ankle of the people who are destined to meet. And in the Japanese version, it switches place, here the red thread is tied to our pinkie. The pinkie is connected to the heart by the ulnar artery, and it extends to the person who you are destined to meet."


I started the process on this new collection middle of last year- with a scribble onto my Brain Dump board, so as not to forget what was not quite tangible but had a voice of destiny.

I had just finished The Gift- Bee and had come to realize that I had finished with that cycle of my life -Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Journey. I had faced and learned from my trials and brought home knowledge of my journey to be shared. It was complete.

And as I sit here typing away, I feel an incredible release...a renewed spirit.
I am now able to look back on my previous work without a traumatic reaction to my trials. I can see these pieces as part of my growth as a human and as an artist. I can now dip back into those studies of my beloved Asian culture and bring them into my present as a human... as an artist.
My hope is that I can express this  now into the process of transcending in a beautiful and soulful way in my art and my life.

Reaching back to my Story Hat Butterfly to Goldfish and any others that make themselves known to me.
Yes, bringing them back but in this new depiction of who I am and to where my soul takes me.

ITO

She started with her head and my favorite silk fabric.



I am, now, devoted to letting my soul be my guide...and it brought me to Mehndi designs of India and China to be placed on her body not as the complete statement but as a design quality to enhance what else it to be stated.
I researched to find many beautiful designs. 
I added the available designs into my photo program and then altered the color. I next stacked the designs in my Word Program to fit onto a sheet of paper so I would know what the measurements and size would be. I then stabilized my silk fabric and printed it from my computer printer onto the fabric.
It is a process that is very touchy and each printer is very different, so if you wish to take this on...it will be trial and error.

My results:

Scrap of printed fabric

Next was taking care that all was aligned to print properly onto my fabric so the pattern could be cut from it.

This is the end result. 

Butterfly

Sculpted head with fabric overlay and sewn body with printed fabric.
 Lower legs and feet.

I love research and I love process.
When this piece is complete the Mehndi design will be only a subtle reminder that this even took place! ...kind of like life!

And for the red thread? It too will be a gentle thread that will weave through the design to remind us that we are all connected.

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Until next time my dear friends.
Stay healthy and safe.


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