|India Flints' the windfallmaps|
Do you remember what it was like to play in the woods when you were a child and everything was possible? The air surrounded us like a protective blanket, the trees could comfort us and there were fairies everywhere.
Nature is still a source of inspiration and meditation for me. Walking into the gallery of India's work evoked that wonder of childhood.
|detail of pocket on upper right of dress above|
That sacred space of now.
This really hit me on a soul level.
The nature printed dresses hanging from branches were ready for the waking fairies to jump into. Their many levels of draping organic cloth of every texture bespoke of non-traditional intensive sewing methods.
Like a dress made slowly for another, for a special occasion. To be kept forever, but allowing it space to breathe. To change.
As we do our children.
On all sides of the spacious room, hung patched and hand sewn fabrics of such tactile lushness that I wanted to take one down and feel it's soft energy wrapped about me.
Titles like map of longing, every time we say good-by and dawn in the forest of dreams continue the illusion of time change.
This work is more than it seems on their exquisite surfaces, coming from a respect for the plants, an honoring of the slow, and an awareness of the preciousness of our mother, earth.
India's working techniques support her presence with this protective philosophy and yet come from extensive education and exploration of material.
This exhibit can change awareness for those who understand.
For those who do,
It is a shrine.
the WindFallMaps .
Exhibition .dates: .June 9–30, 2011