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 Lacuna

Lacuna

 [luh-kyoo-nuh] noun
1.a gap or missing part, as in a manuscript, series, or logical argument; hiatus.
2.Anatomy. one of the numerous minute cavities in the substance of bone, supposed to contain nucleate cells.
3.Botany. an air space in the cellular tissue of plants.

I go searching, when I stitch these cocoons. Inside and out, with my eyes and my fingers, feeling where the next stitch or bead should lay. Finding balance in the spaces. Peering into the openings, finding the walls, the windows, the slivers of light that will catch on a bead, and catch your attention. 

This cocoon came together quicker than I expected.  It's openings much smaller than I'm used to working with.  I pressed walls opposite to openings up, so I could stitch through, creating small pieces of art within the sculpture.  It holds an enormous amount of space, this cocoon.  It's heavy with hidden beads and pearls, spilling out to mingle with french knots and stitches. 

The blues melt into purples and back again.  It speaks of the waters of the world, peace in holding space, always space, these sweet cocoons.  

Let it sway in the breeze of your path from the desk to the kitchen, from your bed to the door, the open windows filtering light and air.