I am having some very strange dreams lately. It’s all the tumult and conflict in Ukraine, I think. The daily news pictures and reports are truly harrowing. I believe that we are all connected by the single thread of humanity, and seeing others suffering on this huge scale causes the rest of us to feel it, one way or another.

Detail from ‘Dream’ wall hanging

It seemed like a good time to finish this little wall hanging that has been, well, hanging around for a while. It started life as the sleeve of an outrageous coat that I was realistically never going to finish. It’s an image of a town house that dreams of being in the countryside, far away from pavements and roads, where it can hear the breeze blowing through the trees.

Detail from ‘Dream’ wall hanging

I don’t know if it’s reasonable to be carrying on, keeping going like this, amid all the trouble in the world right now. It feels somehow wrong but also right, if that makes any sense. In many ways it’s one of the few things we can do. My immediate environment is the only thing I have any control over right now, and I know even that’s an illusion. In fact we have very little control over anything that happens beyond ourselves and yet we learn to trust life and its processes, and we learn to assume that we will wake up every morning to a new day.

‘Dream’ wall hanging, 8” x 24”

The backing on this piece is part of a viscose scarf with a ragged fringe, hanging by a frayed thread. As many of us are.

Author: Karen

Textile and mixed media artist

8 thoughts on “Dream”

  1. As you say, there is little that we can do directly with current events. We can support the DEC or one of the other organisations that is working to help, but other than that, I think that “the readiness is all”.

  2. the colors in this piece fairly glow …

    and I can’t begin to imagine what it must be like to be forced to leave home … my heart aches for those who know it in reality

  3. We do what we can–Jane Goodall says we should each pick even one thing and support and do whatever we can. Stitching seems to bind us all together—strength and peace

    1. Yes, a common thread… strength and peace are good things to hope for.

  4. This post gives me much upon which to reflect. I so much enjoy seeing and reading what you share here. Your work is a real pleasure to behold; it is so finely done. I’m finding much inspiration! Thank you for sharing so thoughtfully and generously.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, that means a lot to me. And thank you for being here 🙂

  5. That’s truly a lovely little hanging. We can all just keep waking up in the morning and hope those in strife can do so too. It’s all so awful.

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