“ / Listen where thou art sitting/ Under the glassy, cool, translucent wave, / In twisted braids of lilies knitting / The loose train of thy amber-dropping hair.” John Milton
I just love the imagery in those few lines of poetry and I love BRAIDS!!!
I came across this old photograph of me with my hair pulled back and russian braided in the back and get a look at that beautiful folkloric top I have on. I am really wishing I still had that , it would be perfect for my russian christmas theme and it used to have cossack style pants that matched.
Last weekend Tamara and I went to a fiber art exhibit in Toronto and saw a fantastic installation by local artist Amanda McCavour.
This piece was untitled but I think it represents most of our lives at some point, the tangled threads with the beautiful maternal hands lovingly sorting and arranging. I am trying really really hard to arrange my life in a way that is balanced and functional. I don't want to use the word organized here. I want to bring together all the threads in an unique design.
It was a wonderful coincidence that as I was clearing a closet for my daughter that I came across something I found many years ago but never found the time to learn how to use. It is a hand made maru dai , a frame used for kumihimo ( japanese braiding). On night last week I took out the book and some cotton yarn, prepared the maru dai, and began bringing together the threads.
It took me quite a while to memorize the pattern of thread changes but once I got it the process became very meditative and relaxing. Some one described it as dancing with your hands.
I think some of these braided threads may end up on some special christmas or St Nicholas Day gifts. Have a wonderful weekend.
I am very sleepy this morning having had a late night at the Iron and Wine concert. The second song of the set was "resurrection fern" and it was so beautiful I shed a few tears.