2. Stop worrying
3. Give rest to the problems weighing you down
4. Lighten up
5. Forgive yourself
6. Forgive others”
“Every day, you make choices about what you will dedicate your time to, how you will spend your money, and who you will rely on. In every aspect of your life, you have the ability to choose either simplicity or complexity; finances, work, chores, shopping, entertainment, and relationships may all be sources of stress and chaos, or they may become wellsprings of peace and contentment.” — Chelsea Walters
Artists have different ways of approaching their work. Some focus on the basic elements of art, line, shape and form, space, color and texture. Others choose to concentrate on creating works they think will have the best chance to sell. Still others are guided by inspiration, to create a thing of beauty or to express emotion, tell a story, speak their truth or support a cause. I tend to fall in that last group.
So it is only natural for me to turn to art in times of stress and distress. Over the course of the past year I have watched helplessly as the very fabric of our country and lives has started to unravel. Just before the election the idea of an unraveled art quilt came to me. There may be a series here because three different concepts came to me. I pray as I work on all my art quilts, but this one was especially infused with prayer.
There is still an element of hope in this work because not all has started to unravel yet. Some pieces are still tightly stitches together, some are being held together with embroidery stitches. The spider web is my way of showing respect to the beautiful crazy quilts created by women of the Victorian Era, which always included a spider web. Traditional quilts are finished with a fabric binding around the edges. This art piece will not have a binding at all. I think it is finished the way it is.
I like playing with the word “crazy” in art quilts. An earlier work that is also coming apart is called The World’s Gone Crazy, but I’m Okay. In this work the world is going crazy, but I am safe and sound in the center, surrounded by the White Light of God and the Prayer for Protection.
What do you do when life unravels? Talk to me.
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”
– William James –
“Stress is not what happens to us. It’s our response TO what happens.
And RESPONSE is something we can choose.” —Maureen Killoran
“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.”— Hans Selye