Wednesday, August 22, 2012

breathing room for the spirit

What art offers is space—a certain breathing room for the soul.
—John Updike (1932–2009)

A variation of kiku called reverse, or inverted, kiku, with the kiku points at the equator. Whenever I make this design I think of temples and Islamic calligraphy and architecture.

Thread wrap in reddish-brown-orange (called cinnamon, but it looks more like paprika). S10 division in perle cotton. Embroidery in six shades ranging from cream to yellow to matching "paprika." The quote by John Updike is in the bell box along with brass rings that make a quiet traditional rattle. Circumference: 10.625 inches / 27 cm; diameter: 3.38 inches / 8.59 cm. Completed 21 August 2012 (no. 139).

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