Saturday, January 21, 2012

Prayer Flag at the King Center

In honor of the Dr. King holiday this year, I created a prayer flag to be hung at The King Center. The prayer flag was created with my own hand dyed muslin (marigold dye), a commercial batik, buttons, letter and seed beads, a metal embellishment, and embroidery floss.

 The finished prayer flag hanging near Dr. and Mrs. King's gravesite at The King Center.

 Installing the prayer flag

Monday, January 2, 2012

The Art of Letter Writing

For years, my grandmother and her sister, Marge, have written weekly letters to each other. Although they live but about 100 miles apart and speak on the phone often, they have continued a tradition of putting pen (and sometimes typewriter) to paper and sharing the news of the week. As a child, I remember Grandma sharing the letters with us, maybe in hopes of sharing a tradition of family and connectedness. The joy that Grandma received from the letters from her sister was always evident.

In this time of emails, facebook messages, tweets, and text messages, I still like to write letters and cards. I like the idea of handwriting, of the gift of the written word, and of the tradition of communication. I like to express gratitude with a thank you card. I like to hand write a recipe to share with a friend. I like to spread joy through the intention of personal communication. I doubt that anyone's scrapbook 100 years from now will include an email, but hopefully one of my handmade bits of correspondence will make it through as a tactile expression of tradition and gratitude.

Today, I am making cards to send. I have gathered paper, stickers, ribbon, buttons, photos, and other bits of ephemera to create small works of art to share. There are birthdays to serenade, there is gratitude to express, there is a moment to remember... I can only hope that the cards will bring a smile and hopefully make my Grandmother pleased that her tradition lives on.

I encourage you today to take a moment to write a note to someone you love and let that person know how they make life beautiful for you....

And now, it's time to create!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year, 2012!

Hello and welcome to my blog for 2012... My name is Joshua and I send you warm blessings of peace, love, joy, and gratitude for this new year. Recently, I made the decison to get back into a daily blog when I was challenged to look at 2012 as a year of creativity. Adding the idea of gratitude to mix seemed like a perfect connection. Please join me on this journey where I will share with you my creative endeavors and the many blessings of gratitude I have in my life.

p.s. I have a special quilt project to share with you on this journey - 12 story quilts - 1 quilt each month!