Love Among The Iris
44" x 74"
Hand Spun Wool Warp and Weft
but though other things have changed
(I keep the hatching to a minimum, and the frogs have deserted me) ,
a clean back feels as vital and thrilling now as it did then.
I wish my ipad camera could convey how luscious these yellows are,
but then natural dyes are forever, while digital cameras, nonexistent in 1998,
are probably just flash-in-the-pan intermediate technology....
but the tapestry that was on this wall last week ("Please, Can You Pass My Knitting,"),
has just been hung in its new home, far away,
and it seemed a good time to wallow in nostalgia.
For though I think my technique may improved in the last two decades,
or at least changed,
I am freshly delighted with the power of a big old richly hued textile,
to affect the mood of a place.
having some long, slow, wooly work
to take one's gaze away from the screen,
gets more important every day.