While in Toronto last month, I rented a bike and rode throughout downtown Toronto. It was such a mind-freeing experience to be riding amid cars and buses and people walking about.
The Textile Museum of Canada allowed me to park my rental in its shoe-boxed-sized lobby while I viewed the exhibits. How swell!
Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the exhibit:
Here are a few of the pieces of clothing captured my attention.
These are detail pictures of 2 similar blouses.
The second exhibit entitled BLISS: GARDENS REAL AND IMAGINED was abundant with richly dyed, stitched, printed and embellished sarongs, tapestries, household linens, and grand rugs
Turkish wrapping cloth
I'm always attracted to the beauty of textiles. These fine examples of handwork fuel my mind with thoughts about who and how they were made. Was is warm or hot or very cold when someone stitched these? Were they sitting on a floor or on a chair? out doors or in? Was there chatter between several people as they worked? Was it noisy and raining? or were there open windows where the sounds of birds and village noises mixed? or did someone work alone. Were they tired? Bored? Hungry? or just fine.
THE SILVERY HOUR
When I work stitches as I do, it is usually in a solitary state. I find it difficult to work magic amid the sound of others. But I do gain inspiration from my immediate surroundings. Soaking up whatever my paper-towel-like brain will soak up like sopping up a spilled milk.
It is quite deliberately intuitive stitching.
When I was in Southwest Florida in late July, I was inspired by a particular time time of day I like to call the silvery hour. Around 5 pm when everything looked shiny. No spectacular colors like one sees in the evening, nor deep blue skies and bleached-cotton white clouds of the afternoon.
Somehow, this non-color-color time of the day suited my sensibilities.
I stitched a little piece using the limited supplies I brought. The thread is a 4 ply silk/cotton blend with natural dyes: logwood, dandelion, and indigo. The fabric is mineral linen (blue moonstone) from purl soho
Thanks for reading and looking.
hope you're enjoying an inspired time this summer.
Do you have a silvery hour? Write to tell me, I'd love to hear from you.