Monday, May 19, 2008
Pomp and Circumstance
The academic regalia is hanging in my room, a sign that another school year has come and gone. We had graduation this weekend, so after I wrap up some odds and ends and turn in grades, I'll be done for the summer. There's always some work-related project to do during this otherwise down time: reports, new course preparation, but otherwise, it looks like smooth sailing from here on out.
So here's my fantasy schedule for the summer:
Get up early and write. I've got some academic essays I want to finish.
Walk to the gym twice a week and take a yoga class.
Finish some UFOs.
Work on my 12x12 bird series.
Things will intervene. You notice I didn't include housework or cooking in my schedule, but I can dream.
I haven't been totally idle in the needlework department, although I've had the same unfinished scrap quilt on my design wall for months. I've been knitting, and I crocheted this little bucket purse for my mom for mother's day.
I've also stocked up on silk threads from ThreadArt, an ebay vendor, in preparation for my next 12x12 bird project.
This project is actually going to be a pair of images, the goddess Sarasvati (Saraswati) and her peacock. I got these images from one of those free Dover downloads. They are captioned "Goddess Sarasvati and her peacock; second folio from a Chitrakathi series, northern Kanataka." Here's Sarasvati:
I felt it was fitting to make an image of Sarasvati, as she is associated with wisdom, language and learning. I love that she looks like she's climbed a tree, but from what I've been able to tell of her story, she is usually portrayed in a lotus. I'll have to decide weather to render all those fan shapes a tree leaves or as lotus petals.
The peacock is very ornate and folkloric and I'm going to embroider him first.
Both pieces are going to be embroidered to a pair of white damask napkins. Sarasvati is portrayed as white-skinned, so I intend to outline but not fill in her body and face. I've drawn the peacock on tear-away stabilizer. I usually use water soluble stabilizer, but I didn't want to wet the silk threads. I imagine using beads on both pieces.
As you can see, I'm ready for the summer to begin. I think Louie is too.