Thursday, February 5, 2015

Marble Arch

11"x18", cotton, satin, flour paste resist, beads, hand and machine stitching, black ribbon.Hebrew letter pronounced Kaf.
The title was plucked out of the beautiful song "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen.
The letter Kaf is a letter defining the cup as in cup of blessings and the wisdom relates to transforming this cup of blessings into a crown. The rich ancient writings, definitions and sweet metaphors speak to me in the present moment. The inspirational book I'm reading is "Eyes Remade for Wonder" by Laurence Kushner.
All the gray fabric has gone through the flour paste resist process. The top (arch) is a satin and the rest cotton. I see these lower long narrow cloths representing columns or as in remaining walls left standing in the dark with the writing of the letter and the scribes writing at the bottom. The yellow painted stamps and stained cloth seem to be remnants of remaining color. Each of these pieces develop and grow with me not always in the lead but rather looking, trying this or that. It's all pretty much a slow process of seeing what becomes important and what needs to go. I need to begin large enough so there is room to cut away or rip out.


  1. Replies
    1. Sue, Thank you...I'm really inspired by these ancient writings!

  2. inspiring and just breath-taking! I love those subtle gray patterns next to the gold.

  3. Thank you Sharmon, I was surprised at the challenge of working with grays.