I want to paint a picture
Instead of Venus on a clam
I'd paint this flower child
"You are the air my flowers breathe,"
He calls, and the ladies turn around
On the first day of Spring
I'm looking at the only joy around
--- Joni Mitchell, The Only Joy in Town
Well, we made it through. The season changes at 11:32 this morning, my time, and it feels like we've been through a major challenge. I always have a hard time with winter, and this one was long and trying. I hope spring arrives for you with whatever joy happens to be around.
I'll be overjoyed if any kind of health care reform passes tomorrow. I'm on pins and needles. And I think people who oppose health care reform -- and indeed, oppose a public option -- are domestic terrorists. There. I said it. And ignorant: see The Tea Party & The Circus: Final Healthcare Reform Protest. You will laugh and cry for America.
edited to add: I also think it's obscene and sad that our only hope for any kind of reform will probably come at the expense of women's right to choose and right to privacy.
A few lovely textile links for you:
- I love Christine Mauersberger's blog. She seeks out interesting and beautiful art and craft of all kinds, and is a wonderful textile artist herself.
- There is an absolutely spectacular gallery of traditional and contemporary Japanese sashiko textiles here. Download the excellent backgrounder PDF also.
- Maryam at My Marrakesh has beautiful images of traditional crewel stitching in Kashmir.
And, oh yes, I have my new camera (except I bought local and, hmm, paid a lot more). Here are some random samples, mostly shot on the automatic function. The color tilts slightly warm, and I haven't yet figured out how to correct that in the shot.
Here is a photograph of the floor of a Japanese restaurant I was in last week:
And books on the shelf:
Fabrics on the floor:
And the peace mandala, almost complete:
Back at the book shop, I'm finally seeing completion of some of the books I began to work on as an editor when I started the job last June. I especially love Ann Budd's Knitting Green, available soon (Ann does her own excellent editing but I was able to offer some assistance on the essays), and Jane Dunnewold's Art Cloth, which is just going to press and will be available in a few months.
That's all for now. Enjoy the first day of spring!