Images of Love in Textiles
Love Is A Many Splendored Thing
Yes, love can move the world…. Great music, theater, movies, and art have been inspired by the spirit of love, both in redeeming ways and in tragic ones. A song from the past woos its way into the present:
I have to admit that three thoughts ran through my head as I watched this video: “Wow, what a voice!” “Is that tiny waist for real?” “Will Connie Francis bust out of her dress?”….. Oh, and a fourth, “The aaaa….aaaa…..aaa…. vocals in the background are really annoying!” Not very romantic, am I? 🙂 Well, I do like to think of myself as a loving person and am constantly moved by others as they embrace this world of ours with acts of love and kindness. We think of love as romance, but really, there are so many expressions of it, reaching out to friends, family, the stranger, of parent and child, between creatures and towards nature. There is also love that survives in the ravages of illness, death, and destruction.
The images of love in textiles that follow are just a few examples of how we try to capture this essence that makes us reach for something bigger than the self. The heart is where we start, moving to abstraction and then on to figurative examples captured through the threads of life.
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Featured image: Las Rancheritas – The Rug Hook Project
Life is short! Seize each day and let your people, your critter, and your community see your love. Don’t forget to love yourself along the way!
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