"The world is madly beautiful and art is the alchemy." Sara
In a 12-hour space, turtles have appeared twice in my world in some fashion, so I await the third visit. The enchanting Peggy Markel, global culinary adventuress and wonderful writer, took this photograph, below, of two old and beautiful creatures in the Italian countryside.
In Native American lore, Turtle Medicine bridges earth and water, what is "real" and what is imagined. Turtle is a nurturer and protector. From this site: If you have Turtle medicine, you value both the power of the earth, the waters of the earth, and the magic of the heavens, for Turtle symbolizes both the grounding quality of earth energy, and the magic of the mystical.
I've been light on textiles lately, but I want to share these vintage sari quilts from the Sundance catalog. Now, I think I'm fairly immune to marketing eye candy, but I am pretty much a slave to the mystic-cowboy/cowgirl Sundance aesthetic, and a new catalog is always a gift. (And I say slave lightly - I generally don't care for the language of addiction and disempowerment, for lack of a better word, in art and craft conversation. But that's another post.)
Anyway. The jewelry, the furniture, the leather, the carefully edited artisan goods - being a buyer or designer for Sundance would be a dream job, and living with some of these objects would be so lovely. The collection of sari quilts uses vintage cotton fabrics and the pieces are hand-stitched in India:
Sundance is also offering some unusual patchwork rugs. This one is made from Turkish carpets:
There's also this lovely Jaipur quilt hand-stitched in Rajasthan:
These are modern constructions, not the same as the patchworks you see at Sri Gallery, for example. But they're simply wonderful to look at.