This is my attempt at gate 5 and the subject is angels/messengers. Two strong thoughts inspired me. One is that I believe we act as angels/messengers for one another. I can't count all the times when I have overheard a strangers remarks or read an excerpt on a blog that changed my perspective completely. I don't know if I have returned the favor but I'd like to think so.
My second inspiration comes from viewing photos of ancient cave complexes with carved out niches used for dove keeping. Can you imagine living underground? These beautiful doves had many uses but I see them as pure messengers in flight. The paper collage strips are actual black and white photographs of the ancient dove niches. So my thoughts on all the ways we receive blessed messages helped create this piece.
Rust printing was a highlight of gathering cloth for this piece. Fun to add my corroded nails, washers to muslin shapes and tying these bundles to soak in a white vinegar and water bath. It only took a few days and I was happy with the results especially after, rinsing, soaping scrubbing, drying and ironing!
Now for a couple days of clean-up and then to new work!