It was a very fulfilling day yesterday... I tried to put up a lot of other info, but the Internet was saturated.
It led me to think how easy it is to receive joy if we allow it to happen.
I feel sadness here when I see an old woman begging or the prostitutes lounging in the doorways at 8.30 am.
But I experience joy on the other hand... I can't carry that amount of sadness with me... but need to leave that on the pavement for what it is.
Experience it, leave it.
My whole day yesterday was based around my desire to experience art and expression and that I did.
The tapestries, the artists, the cut of a garment, the fabric district of Montmarte, chatting with the people in the quilt shop and dinner in a french restaurant.
I've been strongly criticised by "Those who know" for my re-creation of images.... such as the 1776 quilt/ American Gothic painting....
Ha, but the realisation that the great man William Morris himself had inspiration from great masters and used Medieval images in his work 5 centuries later allowed me to leave their comments on the pavement.
Mark Twain said..."On with the dance, let joy be unconfined is my motto, whether there's a dance to dance or any joy to unconfine."
"Lets explore joy for a moment."
Lois's Daughter... this photos is for you. Your Mum and barbara...
I'm exhausted. It's almost 10.00 pm and we've been walking since 8.30 am.
A delightful french breakfast of eggs, cheese, yogurt and very strong coffee began the day.
We walked from our hotel to Notre Dame Cathedral. On the way we passed an array of the most wonderful designer dress boutiques... punctuated by some scantily dress ladies of the night (morning).... wooow so blatant.
Notre Dame Cathedral was reasonably quiet, the line to go in was quite short and we joined the throng.
The beautiful decoration on the entrance door to the Cathedral
Look up, look up, wonderful colors and designs.
Emotional, Inspirational and a sense of awe. I lit a candle for our children Liseby, Darrin and Sam, who have passed away
This is an image near the Western door of the Cathedral
I go to the Cathedral every time I visit Paris... how could you bypass it? There is an sincerity and awe that you feel as you walk through the portals... forget the 1000's of others who are there for the same reason...Just soak up the joy.
Across the bridge and it began to rain.
Sometimes you see things that make you sigh, sad and incompetent. This shouldn't happen in a civilized society.
On to the quilt shop Le Rouvray..
No it's not the same... there are quilts but not the shop.... the other gals left us and not satisfied I went back into the shop and asked where the owner was....
Oh, around the corner and they will be there at 2.00.!!!!
We needed to continue on, so on to something I've waited years to see....
The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries.
The Lady and the Unicorn (French: La Dame à la licorne) is the modern title given to a series of six tapestries woven in Flanders of wool and silk, from designs ("cartoons") drawn in Paris in the late fifteenth century.
The suite, on display in the Musée du Moyen-Âge, is often considered one of the greatest works of art of the Middle Ages in Europe. Five of the tapestries are commonly interpreted as depicting the five senses – taste, hearing, sight, smell, and touch.
The sixth displays the words "À mon seul désir". The tapestry's meaning is obscure, but has been interpreted as representing love or understanding.
Each of the six tapestries depicts a noble lady with the unicorn on her left and a lion on her right; some include a monkey in the scene.
The pennants, as well as the armor of the Unicorn and Lion in the tapestry bear the arms of the sponsor, Jean Le Viste, a powerful nobleman in the court of King Charles VII.
The tapestries are created in the style of mille-fleurs (meaning: "thousand flowers").
The tapestries were rediscovered in 1841 by Prosper Mérimée in Boussac castle (owned at the time by the subprefect of the Creuse) where they had been suffering damage from their storage conditions.
Novelist George Sand brought public attention to the tapestries in her works at the time. The cycle is currently held in the Musée de Cluny (Musée du Moyen-Âge), where it has resided since 1882.
I was struck by the beauty.... but I had seen these designs before, not in these tapestries... but in the work of William Morris, a designer in the Victorian era some 561 years later!!!!
Sharing quilting ideas with interested people in Alamogordo.
I've had a busy and exciting week. I've already mentioned the round of media and extraordinary 'visiting' I did.
Can you imagine how fulfilling it is to share the passion you have with other like minded people?
This video is to share my images of the wonderful Trinity site.
Trinity Site is where the first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945. The 19 kiloton explosion not only led to a quick end to the war in the Pacific but also ushered the world into the atomic age. All life on Earth has been touched by the event which took place here.
The 51,500-acre area was declared a national historic landmark in 1975.
My plane was delayed for over an hour and a half today so I had a lot of time to work (and relax) it gave me time to catch up on some reading.
I have a hard copy of this book and have read it from cover to cover.
But it's wonderful to have it on my Ipad too.
"The Bayeux Tapestry is the world's most famous textile—an exquisite 230-foot-long embroidered panorama depicting the events surrounding the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is also one of the most mysterious and compelling works of art. This hauntingly stitched account of the battle that redrew the map of Medieval Europe has inspired dreams of theft, waves of nationalism, visions of limitless power, and aesthetic rapture. In this fascinating book, Yale professor R. Howard Bloch reveals the history, the hidden meaning, the deep beauty, and the enduring allure of this astonishing piece of cloth.
A NEEDLE IN THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD opens with a gripping account of the event that inspired the tapestry: the swift, bloody Battle of Hastings, in which the Norman bastard William defeated the Anglo-Saxon King Harold and laid claim to England under his new title, William the Conqueror. But to truly understand the connection between battle and embroidery, one must retrace the web of international intrigue and scandal that climaxed at Hastings. With astonishing intimacy and immediacy, the artisans who fashioned this work of textile art brought to life a moment that changed the course of British culture and history."
I love airports and this one in El Paso Texas is particularly nice.
Lots of space to sit and relax.
Like many airports now they have huge windows that almost transport you outside to the tarmac. I can watch the planes land, see part of the bustle of the city and the mountains are rugged and solid as they fade into the horizon.
The sky is the most beautiful shade of blue, but Strong winds have whipped up red sand and dust giving the whole place an eerie effect.
I ate a non healthy lunch and now look forward to the flight to Chicago.
Welcome This is the link to my official website.
Just click on the word 'Welcome.' and you will be transported to the web page.
You will learn about classes, view wonderful images and be privy to new information.
Carolyn Foley I am a high school Heath & Design Technology teacher, married with three children, all young adults.
Di Mill I am a Freelance Textile and Craft Representative with 2 children. I travel the state of Queensland, Australia, selling patchwork, quilting and craft supplies to retailers withing the industry.