Glory, Glory

This brilliantly warm cocoon is dripping with beads, its weight spins it slowly around as it holds space. Space for dreams, for creativity, for love of making and life. 

Made for my mentor/art-sister/friend.  To hang in her studio. 

Keep up your shining, dear heart, I adore you. 

Wool/silk yarn, felted, dyed and embellished by hand. Glass beads, citrine, copper, cotton. 

For the curious: original weight was approximately 0.4 ounces, final weight- 3.6 ounces! This one is up there in heft for my cocoons, I loved every single stitch of it! 

Sharing Art, Sending Love III

The third instalment of the sponsored Gratitude Project .

 

Sent anonymously.  

To one who is loved, held by magical forces. 

Love in chartreuse. 

 

Wool/silk, cotton thread, glass beads, a simple, special stone.

On Giving

Sharing has always been a part of who I am.

A natural penchant to 'make people happy' and four younger siblings will do that. 

We like to joke that I got all the gold stars for sharing in preschool.

(... that is a joke, right Mom?)

 

I've realized lately that I want-need to share my art with the world.  Local art markets and the online shop isn't enough. I want to truly share what I make.  To say thank you to the universe for bringing me inspiration, be it from nature or my fellow humans (Hello there!).

The Gratitude Cocoons you've seen here on the blog are how I'm acknowledging and fulfilling this internal drive. It's scratching the itch, but I want it to grow into something larger, more love-filled. I want to help others reach out.  Here's what I'm going to do:

Trust.

I'm going to trust you.

My next three Gratitude cocoons will be for you to claim for someone else.  Someone in your world (real life or internet life, as long as you can send me their mailing address) who needs to know that they're seen, heard, loved, held. It can be anonymous, or you can let them know who sponsored their cocoon.  Let me know if there’s a message you want included in the package. You pick the base color, and I do the rest. I create a cocoon in honor of your message to the receiver.  I'll make them in the order they are received, one going out each month until they're done. You'll get the tracking number when it’s sent, so you know it’s been done. 

So here’s the tricky part (at least, it's the sticky/tricky part for me).

I'm balancing on a double edged sword.  I need to share this work with the world, while at the same time be able to support my own world as well.  Every piece I've ever put into my shop helps build momentum to the goal of supporting my little family with my art.  In that respect, while these are "Pay What You Can', I'm asking that the minimum given is $30. That helps cover supplies and shipping. I’m giving the time and good vibes. If you're called to share more, know that it’s going right back into the studio.

Technically this is how it works:

There are 3 listings for Gratitude Cocoons in the shop for 'free'.  Check one out with the shop follow the normal purchasing steps, and then head back here and click on the Gratitude Project button below to complete our agreement.  I trust you. 

Gratitude Project

 

Selling art is a business, sharing art is my privilege and gift. 

 

The Guardian

The Guardian, a custom cocoon for a talented jewelry artist I met this summer.  She reached out initially about a different cocoon, but ultimately chose for me to make one just for her.  True Self, finding Her, sacred space, trees, and gentle energy were our themes.

Tendrils, greens and rich blues were requested. Though it turned out more purple than blue, I ended up loving the evening-twilight-between duskiness of the colors. The sway of tendrils weighted down with beads.  Tucked in here and there are beads she sent me to use.  The inside speaks of geodes, the tendrils of roots (rooting down into her inner self-journey).

Opening to the light.

Journey within, find the jeweled cave, your shining soul, heal, rest, love.