Sunday, April 30
The person who conceptualised and directed the creation of this masterpiece must have been a master at his craft.One assumes it was a man but I wonder if were a woman.
In any case the person's knowledge of material, architecture, Hindu iconography and sculpture must have been unparalled.
Wednesday, April 19
20th March.2017. I was looking to add a motif which would mark my visit to Odisha. I picked Jaganath. He's special to Odisha. He's the only Indian god who is worshipped along with his older brother and sister. Most Gods and Godesses have a consort but not Jaganath
The day was spent in airports. Flying from Bhubaneshwar to Chennai with a four hour wait in Hyderabad to catch a connecting flight. Time well spent working on the Jaganath motif.
The Jagannath motif is complete.I embroidered the pupils of his eyes and the motif was complete.
It was so hot in Chennai my brain seized functioning and I could only think of adding some cast on Stitch leaves.
Monday, April 10
A teaching assignment in Odisha took me away from the Blue Mountains for a good three weeks.
I carried the 1 Year of Stitches with me.
I seem to have come to a creative standstill. Only adding little Algerian eye flowers and Lazy Daisy leaves.
Didn't get a chance to update my blog all that time I was away.
How did March treat you? The teaching assignment went well and I spent a week with family, celebrating my mother's 80th birthday with a thanksgiving prayer and lunch.
Thursday, March 16
Books are such wonderful gifts and I was the recipient of not one but two books from friends.
You can open the book at any page and start reading, the stories are more detailed observations and advise which springs from experience.
Let me share what I found on page 30.
'The smallest insect in the world is a sort of firefly and its body is only a fifth of a millimetre long.One can only just see it with the naked eye.Almost like a speck of dust, yet it has perfect little wings and little combs on its legs for preening itself.
That is perfection.'
I have yet to get started on The Calcutta Cook Book but it's my type of cook book it has stories about the food along with the recipes.
I must add some simple dishes from this book to my repertoire and I'll have a Bengali to critique the results so I can hone my skills of preparing Bengali cuisine.
I hope you have something interesting to read. Have a great weekend.
Sunday, March 5
After the 17th of February I didn't find time to do any stitching, not until the 25th.
There are a number of butterflies to be seen in the Lamb's Rock area where I live so I decided a couple of butterflies should be featured.
Monday, February 27
Spent just a day at the Kochi Muziris Biennale.
Sunday, February 19
We're past the middle of February and I'm wondering where the days have gone.
February began with a wedding in my husband's family. So not many days were spent doing embroidery.
Embroidered these composite flowers - combining lazy daisy stitch and woven wheels to create these poinsettia like flowers.
Health issues with elderly parents continue. Either my husband or I are taking a bus at short notice to go be with our respective parents.
They live in a world which was relevant probably fifteen years ago.They live a slow life.Smart phones, internet banking, shopping online is amazing and confusing at the same time. Have to get my mum familiar with the working of a smart phone she's curious and willing to learn.
Just curious, do you utilise all the features on your smart phone? At times do you feel it's all Greek?
It's so important to keep abreast of technology. But it's funny I live in a small town where cash is required and credit or debit cards get to be used sparingly, you ask someone on the road for directions to a place but the moment I get to a larger town or city it's all cashless and life is technology driven - ordering a cab or food, finding a location or getting driving directions. I have one foot in both these worlds and I think a number of people in India find themselves in a similar situation.
We moved to this small town to lead a slow life but technology has come to stay and to stay relevant or function in the wider world I have to keep abreast with technology. So it's a hybrid sort of life I lead.
Have a good week.