The idea for my next project I got last summer when I found the magazines Classic Rock, Kerrang, Guitar and Q in a thrift-shop. While reading them I realized in what a totally different world these musicians live in. Since I am in the mood to create another book I have been thinking about this subject. My conclusion is that almost every profession has it's own set of rules. I know, it isn't a big revelation, on the other hand it is an explanation why a lot of people stick to one profession. It takes a lot of trial and error if you want to shift to a totally different line of work. Not only do you need to learn a new trade but it takes awhile before you are aware about the unwritten rules of it.
For this project I use totally different materials than I'm used to. I chose woollen thread, jute and leather, in a way to create the same experience as if I'm learning a new trade.
The photo below shows the title page.
Since finishing Soul Food, which felt kind of sad, I needed some different music to shift my mood. Had no idea but than I stumbled upon Bryan Adams and I have to admit my heart of music has fallen in love. Before I just knew one song of him, The summer of 69, that isn't much when you realize the man made 16 albums over the last 32 years. So to express this new found love I decided to post each day of this project a song of Bryan. This is the first one with the Who and it is called Behind blue eyes.
Well it is no secret that music is VERY important to me. So that is why I decided to make a short list of artists that kept me company the last few months.
Why do I like music? I like music for their lyrics, for their guitars, for the voices I hear, for the emotions expressed, for the joy the artists seem to have on stage, for the memories who are attached to them, for helping me through the turbulations of life, for the comfort and the joy. for helping me travelling home, I just have to love music, my life depends on it.
The first person I want to thank is Jim Houser, without his inspiration this project would never have seen daylight. Here you can read an old interview and see some of his work. If you have trouble to find something to put on your christmas list than I recommand you put Babel on it. This book is really fantastic, you can read about it here.
But I also want to thank all the people who came by and left a message.
Soul Food is about all that life has in store for me and all I have in store to give.
Soul Food is like a long letter which is never sent.
Soul Food is about finding peace.
Soul Food is about my love for taekwondo.
Soul Food is about the spices of life.
Let me tell you one last Soul Food mystery. For weeks I have been thinking about what makes life special. Each time the answer was relationships. Each relationship is different, each person brings something special yet to be noticed. Although feeling strongly about it, how was I to symbolize this special feeling.
Until I read this post at Domestic Sensualists I had no idea. But when I saw the tray of spices I couldn't have been more happy. I found my symbol. Relationships are the spices of life. If you look closely to the symbol you can see that the small circles are embroidered in two different ways. The one in the center has both these stitches and make together a circle. There are two explanations for this.
In the first one the large circle is life in general, the small circles are random people, the circle in the middle is person you with whom you connect.
The second explanation of this symbol is that the large circle is a relationship between two people. The small circles are the different talents and habits each person brings to this relationship. The circle in the middle is their deepest connection, the moment they join their love and strenght for one another.
So thanks again Julie for your help to find the best symbols.
Wish you all a lovely day filled with your spices.
Soul Food is about combining life's lessons, craftmanship and perseverance.
Soul Food is about love in all its forms and all its varieties.
Soul Food is about realizing what the end of the rainbow is giving me.
Soul Food set me in an upward movement.
Soul Food made me realize I am ready to take the next flight.
As you all know this is the final week of Soul Food. I'm very excited (couldn't sleep last night) about this week and all the stuff I want to share with you. To make it just as excited for you I decided to do a give-away. What do you have to do? Just leave a comment this week and tell me about your favorite symbol. I will make an object, haven't decided yet what it wil be, with the symbol you choose. If you have a symbol of your own, share it with me and I will try to do my best to make it. If you have more than one, just let me know. Next monday I will announce the winner, who than has to be patient because I still have to make the present.
This is all for today. I hope to see you tomorrow again. Have a fabulous start of your week.
It's friday already and we need some music to start the weekend with. So I picked Ten Years After with Alvin Lee at Woodstock with Going home because that is the feeling this week. Lots of energy and the feeling of going in the right direction.
Thank you all for stopping by this week and for your inspirational comments.
Have a fabulous weekend filled with your miracles and I'll see you monday!!!
Today I have a special symbol for you which I created after reading parts of The divine Matrix of Gregg Braden and an entry of Anthony over at Dwelling here now. The matrix is our beliefsystem, a grid of self-created boundaries, something we all have. I gave my matrix all kinds of colours because not every belief/boundary is as strong as the other.
To be aware of this grid is important to me because it influences my life on a big time scale. Every thought has to cross this system which therefore takes an enormous amount of energy. Each time we have to decide right/wrong, good/bad, etc.. But if I am aware of my own patterns than I can change it and see things in a different light. Than there isn't a right, than there isn't a wrong, than there just is. At that point I just could meet people and communicate with them without my grid. Or like Rumi would say:
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing
there is a field. I'll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass,
the world is too full to talk about.
Ideas, language, even the phrase each other
doesn't make any sense.
Have a wonderful day filled with beauty and not too many storms.
This week I will be showing you the symbols I made last week. The first one is 84. In 1984 a big chance took place in my life. Since it is now almost 25 years ago I thought to give it a place on Soul Food. Sarah Ban Breatnach would call it an anniversary of the heart.
The second one is called loneliness.
Well, the weather update for today is: It is raining, raining and raining.