Umbrellas in May

Umbrellas on cotton

Otherwise known as parasols, one look at these colorful umbrellas on cotton fabric and I was inspired!  Aprons, handbags, rosettes…this imagery made me spin with ideas.  Could it be that the colorful ,visual spirals were a  neurological jump-start, like plugging into a part of the brain that gets fired up and has to run its course?  Where do ideas come from, what triggers creative surges?

Anyway, I’d seen a cool post on “The Spiral” – on FifthRealmPress.blogspot.com – which reminded me how much I love the nautilus shape of the ancient ammonite fossils.  Not long after, I picked up Tracey Chevalier’s book Remarkable Creatures about a young woman in the early 19th Century who hunted fossils for a living and became infamous for her discoveries of ammonites and  Jurassic era fossils.  This at a time when women unchaperoned out of doors was shocking, and most certainly not on long stretches of beach by themselves!

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Oddly, this spiral shaped nautilus shell resonates for me like the image of a twirling parasol.  So, where does inspiration come from and why?  Can it be compared to garlands of imagery and thoughts linked together in resonance and pattern, waiting to be made manifest by us?

Well, to look takes a moment, but to absorb what we see and translate it into shape or form may take some “slow time” to make it happen.  I prefer to spin around the ideas and images a bit to find their shape.  What strikes your fancy?  Where else can you see links to that idea or image?  Take inventory of similarities and watch the connections take shape.  Make it playful and see what emerges for you.

Anyway, let it rain all it wants, I’m under the spell of my umbrellas!

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About kcthreads

Two years ago I left an administrative government job to live near my relatives in America's "heartland," and to be free to pursue my own and my family's interests and needs! This transition exceeds my dreams of a life near loved ones with time to be creative. My husband and I have found ourselves young at heart again as we explore gifts we had set aside to meet the needs of our workplaces and community. He photographs birds and wildlife daily, and exhibits in local galleries. I design and make handbags and aprons that I sell through my Etsy shop and by word of mouth. After 30 plus years, I am finally studying art again, taking classes in watercolor and pastels from a nationally acclaimed artist! During the years I promoted youth development and family programming in my community and state, I have been compelled to find ways to support American made crafts and products. This recession has encouraged me to promote and support the efforts of local artisans and craftspeople, in the belief that a renewal of hands-on entrepreneurial-ism can make our community and our nation stronger. When we purchased this '30's bungalow three years ago, we didn't realize there was a farmers market within walking distance and an artists cooperative gallery even closer! I am an advocate of using and re-using products that have been designed and crafted with care, and strive to live responsibly and creatively. Another indulgent pursuit of mine is re-learning how to cook - after a lifetime of taking shortcuts due to long work hours and ease of take home food. My inspiration and tutorials are mostly from Jamie Oliver and Julia Child! After a year of experimentation and joyful homemade cuisine, I am inspired to share the crazy fun of cooking and dining with more than family and friends. As I cook, and watercolor and sew I find inspiration everywhere in the present...and the past. I was blessed with a Mom who was home with my brother and I, and who joyfully cooked and sewed and imagined the possibilities in life each day with us. My offerings in this blog will include some of her inspiration. Life is good!
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One Response to Umbrellas in May

  1. Barbara says:

    It’s been raining a lot here, too. I’m attracted to (and I guess inspired by) circles, ovals and certain color schemes, like white-on-white, blue and white, eggplant, burgundy… Every time I pull out my coffee-table books on Scandinavian design I see things in the photographs I didn’t notice before – it seems like I love the look but notice different things about it once in a while and then incorporate details little by little into the decor of my home…

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