Wednesday, June 30, 2010

No. 8

My eighth hand knotted creation, a birthday gift for a friend who inspires and encourages me.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Six Down, Six to Go

This is this week's horoscope, courtesy of Rob Brezney, reminds me of the value of a mid-year assessment. How would you answer the questions below?
LEO (July 23 - Aug. 22): The year's half over, Leo. Let's take an inventory to see whether you've been taking maximum advantage of the special opportunities life has been offering you. Consider these questions:
  • Has the quality of your intimate alliances become especially intense, invigorating, and catalytic in recent months?
  • Have you created lots of small miracles with the people you care about most?
  • Have you been willing to risk more to get the most out of your togetherness, even if it means dealing with shadowy stuff that makes you uncomfortable?

If there has been anything missing from your efforts in these heroic tasks, get to work. Between now and January 2011, you'll have a mandate to go even deeper than you have since January 2010.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Body = Canvas, Fashion = Art

Tomorrow, I’m slipping away for the day to New York City for divine inspiration. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum are featuring related exhibitions on American fashion and the evolution of the modern American woman. The body as canvas, fashion as art, according to the advertisement.

American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection, at the Brooklyn Museum, features the first generation of American {women} designers and the French designers who influenced them.

And at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it is the exhibition, American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity. From the website . . . "Focusing on archetypes of American femininity through dress, the exhibition reveals how the American woman initiated style revolutions that mirrored her social, political, and sexual emancipation. 'Gibson Girls,' 'Bohemians,' and 'Screen Sirens,' among others, helped lay the foundation for today's American woman."

Dresses ... sketches ... shoes to feed my soul and imagination. Plus a special treat -- a visit with my dearest Tessa and baby Claire. Oooh la la!

Where are you finding inspiration?

Photo: Charles James (American, born England, 1906–1978). "Tree" Evening Dress (detail), 1955. Rose pink silk taffeta; white silk satin; red, pink and white tulle. Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., 1981 (2009.300.991)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Malas, Made with Love (and Peace & Love)

Long strands of pearls draped around one’s neck are simply beautiful. So Chanel, sooo Coco.

The idea of hand-knotted, faux pearl malas surfaced when I imagined this blog. After weeks of experimenting with glass pearls and hand-knotting tools and techniques, I’ve made several beautiful strands in white, ivory and the palest pink. The guru and marker beads are multi-faceted oval crystals with a soft iridescent sheen.

Thus far, I’ve strung prayer beads and gifted them to

    • The dearest yoga teacher from whom I have learned much about myself
    • A beloved colleague who inspires me
    • A joyful friend, originally from India, who shares her world of the love for words, yoga and fellow sentient beings
    • A kind Mongolian Buddhist who celebrates at a temple near Belmar, N.J., where I coincidentally spent childhood summers

While knotting the thread I am reminded of my mother, who was a skilled and prolific knitter. I have gained a greater appreciation for the rhythm of the craft and the connection with the person for whom the object is being created. I feel mom lovingly knit one, purl two, for ME. I hope each recipient can feel the love in every pearl I slip down the thread, loop and knot.

May all beings benefit.

Monday, June 7, 2010

The Birthplace of the Ganges

India. It’s the St. Andrews for yogis. And it’s my pilgrimage in 2010, personally irresistible because Rishikesh is where the Beatles learned Transcendental Meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

While Darren Main and Kimberly Wilson will lead the retreat, I am traveling alone. I resisted the idea of a solo travels for weeks, asking family and friends if they would be interested in making the trip with me.

Moi! She who explored Europe alone by backpack for six weeks, fresh out of college. There was the two-week escape to the luxury spa in the high desert of Southern Utah (admittedly, not such a big stretch). And earliest of all, my independent nature presented back in the day as I walked myself to kindergarden ... a solid mile from home.

Dites-moi, SVP, about your pilgrimages and solo journeys ... unintentional or by design.