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nature’s gifts

January 30, 2013

another book!

shown here in a basket purchased many years ago in the Caribbean

woven in the manner of the indigenous Arawak people

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I really don’t need to be encouraged, but thanks Aimee

haven’t had time to read it but it looks fantastic

Basketry written by Hisako Sekijima with a forward by Jack Lenor Larsen how could it be anything but good

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these  sandals were a gift from a monk in Japan, I’ve never worn them but now I can make my own

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the rustic beauty of this palm stem I carried home from a walk in Fujino is transformed into a vase

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a rain cape, not in the book but a wonderful piece from old Japan

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hanging on the landing at the

Japanese Textile Workshop

made out of necessity, the beauty is in the simple materials and the obvious wear

I can’t wait to start collecting materials and try some of the ideas

sometimes I feel like an avalanche careening down a mountainside gathering everything in its path

as a very significant birthday approaches, too rapidly, I still haven’t settled on studying one technique.

I want to learn it all, there is never going to be enough time

14 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2013 9:55 pm

    So why do you think I took “damselfly” for my persona? I flit about from one thing to another all the time! And it really sounded a lot better than “dilettante”. Heh.

    I too have always envied those who stuck to one thing, explored it really thoroughly and became known as an authority on the subject. That will never be me but I’m not sure I really mind after all!


    • January 31, 2013 11:05 pm

      Louisa – oh, you party girl, you. It’s far too late for me to be anything other than what I am!


  2. January 31, 2013 1:48 am

    love those straw capes! as for wearing many hats,tell me about it 😉


  3. Myra Dunn permalink
    January 30, 2013 8:09 pm

    Whew,Jean! You have so many beautiful and entrancing things, especially those you have made yourself. I’d love to see your house and your workshop place. I bet they are exquisitely beautiful.


    • January 30, 2013 10:04 pm

      Myra – it’s just a little cottage overstuffed with too much stuff. I’m a pack rat! A more fitting description might be “interesting”.


      • January 31, 2013 3:28 am

        yay for pack rat when it’s filled with treasures like that raincoat! good idea, re. book, though.


      • January 31, 2013 8:16 am

        Velma – the cape is Bryan’s, he has at least as much stuff as I do and lots more space. no book for me. encourage Bryan.
        Neki – about now I would like to change to a sun hat!


  4. January 30, 2013 4:53 pm

    ooooh!!! i love seeing all of YOUR magical things. the slippers, especially. you could make your own book! but no time for that, it’s back to the scramble.


  5. January 30, 2013 3:51 pm

    this book has been one of my favorites for ever, and aimee reminded me, so i, too have been reacquainting myself. there are sadly few books that stand the test of time, this is one of them.


    • January 30, 2013 5:21 pm

      Velma – Aimee – it’s thanks to you that I have discovered this book. I am testing time and scrambling!


  6. January 30, 2013 2:22 pm

    🙂 I hear my fiancée saying so every day !

    It takes a long time to stop having regrets about this (admitting who you are, in spite of this admiration you have for those who are on other paths) A life time, may be…

    You surely know this saying : ” Live as if you should die tomorrow, learn as if you should never die”.


  7. January 30, 2013 2:06 pm

    I think everyone can relate to this post. Landslide! So humble the grass waraji; I’ve seen some made out of fabric scraps that would be great for around the house. It’ll have to wait, though.


    • January 30, 2013 2:11 pm

      Kristin – I’ve always admired people who settle on one thing early in life and master it completely, it hasn’t been my path.


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