The work of the Sisterhood has been through a time of reflection after one of the dear members, Viv, who had signed up as part of the journey of the sketchbook, unexpectedly passed away. I’ve written a short piece about Viv on the Sisterhood blog.
The Sketchbook has still continued on its journey in the spirit of the small but global connections. From Australia the book was last in the hands of Sandi in Wandin.
She penned this lovely poem which perfectly stitches together the journey of the sketchbook and the craftswomen the book will find along its path.
A small boy
on a train seat
and looks beyond
He stretches a hand towards
pricking in and out
of floral embroidery on a hoop.
He points a finger
then the needle stops
and the boy’s finger
a pick thread
from Windmills by Sandi Worrall-Hart
From there the Sketchbook crossed the Pacific Ocean and found itself in the hands of Alys in Silicon Valley whose blog is Gardening Nirvana. Her strap line is that she is born to organise – I could so do with her amazing-ness for a couple of weeks. Just look at this amazing gardening gadget…..
Although the US is now accepted as the mysterious land of the never-ending election with the world’s most bat-shit crazy (I can say that can’t I?) presidential nominee in the universe – there are remarkably wonderful intelligent people there.
I just watched the Whitehouse Frontiers Conference where the current incumbent talked about science and the future and the panel consisted of a physicist and a neuro-scientist and a classical musician. There were some gentle points made about the language of science and that ‘saying stuff’ didn’t actually constitute the representation of known fact. So how in a country of all this genius can some would-be politicians even get a foothold…?
Another genius communicator interviewed on the ABC here in Oz today was the ever so special Bill Bailey. I wrote a piece on Bill a while ago simply because I love him for representing the other squillion species on the planet that aren’t human beings. (Read here – it’s great>>) and that he made a doco about the Wallace Line which is ridiculously fascinating to anyone who loves biology.
Anyway the political link here was Bill’s description of the former UK opposition lead Ed Millibrand as being
“like a plastic bag in a tree – ie no-one knew how he got there and no-one could be bothered getting him down…”
It made me laugh so much.
If Ed was a plastic bag, Trump must be some sort of unexploded IED hovering over our heads.
But I digress!
From Alys, the Sketchbook went north to the soggier clime of Seattle and Sue from the Magpie’s Nest received the next installment.
Look at this intricate section needlepoint she’s working on. The patience and care of this care is so impressive and the results are so beautiful.
So as you would expect it was wonderful to find Sue’s work for the Sketchbook on her blog (as I’ve been a slow follower for a couple of months). It’s such a superbly thought out piece showing the world of night and day – just such a perfect way to represent us all.
I imagine this work is so amazing to see and to hold.
This treasure then headed east into the heart of the States and into the lucky hands of Ushasree at Creative Crafts diy in Indianapolis.
Usharee’s kids must adore her as she has so many ideas of things to make that are so colourful, fully recycled and even practical. How is this for a gorgeous thing to make with a little boy so he can park (tidy up :>) his cars and still enjoy playing with them?
By the time the sketchbook leaves the States the country will probably have a new President.
But whoever that is at least there will be 3 amazing artefacts created during that period of US history that won’t have anything to do with politics and hubris.
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