dinsdag 30 juni 2015

Working on a hot day......

Ja het was heet vandaag maar deze rol had ik enkele dagen geleden al gebundeld. Well, i already bundled this a few days ago ..........

Dit is het begin van een nieuw book.
the beginning of a new book
Dat was dus een warm en gemakkelijk dagje, genieten in de schaduw.
so i could sit and relax in the shade...........

zaterdag 13 juni 2015

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.

John O'Donohue

The Gathering, Diana Sudyka

donderdag 11 juni 2015

Summer at last.........

and this one was looking for some shadow
she found it on top of my work
so there was no stitching..........i had to watch the flowers.

dinsdag 9 juni 2015

a home for my bees.................

So happy i could spend an afternoon with my dear friend Elma in her wonderful, magical garden. She knows how i feel about bees and made a home for them. I love her design.

She also made some hoodies for insects to live in and told me:

Gevuld met hooi of stro is het een prima schuilplek voor lieveheersbeestjes, gaasvliegen en oorwormen.
Zij eten bladluizen en zorgen voor een biologische bladluizenbestrijding.

ok, i try and translate. Filled with hay its a fine hiding place for ladybugs, lacewings and earwigs.
They eat aphids and provide biological control of aphids. I hope they do  but till then there a joy for my eyes....and you know what? She called the color...Martine blue.
We spend the afternoon eco printing wich was a delight in her garden because..... i know a little about eco printing but Elma knows everything about plants, because she's a biology  teacher.
She sells lots of different plants: Dyeplants, witches plants and whatsoever you can dream of. 
Wooden knots and lots of other interesting things. I tell this all because i'm so enthousiastic about the beauties she makes in her lovely garden. 
Go and see for yourself..................

woensdag 3 juni 2015

Today's colors..........

This morning was for numerologie and the afternoon...........stitching under roses.........

zaterdag 30 mei 2015

The woman born to farming...........

The WoMan Born to Farming

The Grower of Trees, the gardener, the WOman born to farming,
whose hands reach into the ground and sprout,
to her the soil is a divine drug. SHe enters into death
yearly, and comes back rejoicing. SHe has seen the light lie down
in the dung heap, and rise again in the corn.
Her thought passes along the row ends like a mole.
What miraculous seed has She swallowed
That the unending sentence of her love flows out of her mouth
Like a vine clinging in the sunlight, and like water
Descending in the dark?

-Wendell Berry

Ol’ Wendell of course wrote it as though the only farmers were male….

vrijdag 22 mei 2015

Ground control..........

I had four wonderful days at Dorie's Atelier Fiberfusing where i took Irit Dulmans workshop Ground Control. The days flew by....i only can give a short overview.
This is the landscape of Nes i love so much, where heaven kisses the earth. Its incredible only 20 km from Amsterdam..........
You also see my view from the breakfast room.
we have been printing (this is Geranium)
and dying

and both
and then........home again and seeing all the beauties i brought with me and found at home.......
how could i  not miss my garden?
and Venus is very happy to have me ......and ofcourse freshly ironed silks.......back!