This is the galvanizing poem for my new book in progress. Prospective publishing date end of 2019.
Fabulous and phenomenal fibers
Art is all around
Love is in their looms
Why rugs can enchant one heart and have no effect on another?
The gift is vision.
If you can see the hidden world, the rugs can tell the story,
A thousand stories.
A life in every knot.
Love in every warp and weft.
A love that endures time the history of the past, the present and the future
Woven by hand.
Is that why the fates are described as spinning the yarn of our destinies?
Every knot is measured even before we are born!
This year I was a guest author in this book designed to inspire our youth!
Hard to believe I finally completed my book and story about my 12 years living in Greece. For years I was longingly homesick for a place that not only taught me many things, but brought out my very best. I am grateful that many events and people keep me in touch with that magical place. The sense that ancient history is still alive and the closeness to the sea and earth and the warmth and friendliness of the people is my inspiration for my designs, my writing and my consulting. I invite you to explore with me.
As a rug enthusiast i live and breathe patterns. Patterns are key in good design. They are also essential in high level math, physics, music, chemistry, and even our own DNA. I have often felt that when people are selecting rugs to decorate their homes they respond to certain patterns better than others almost seemingly at a soul level.
I began to ponder this as some patterns are found in very far flung cultures that have similarity with ones close by. Like the feather type patterns found in the Heriz carpets of Iran and the Navajo rugs of Native Americans. I have also seen a stick figure fish in the patterns in the art of the Aborigines of Australia that is the same woven in rugs of The Baluchi people of Iran and found in the paintings of the rain-forest Indians, the Xingu of Brazil. This even inspired me to look into the study of language as symbol, Semiotics and I do hope one day to go to Arrhaus University in Denmark to study.
On a more simple level, weavers have incorporated things of nature and things with great value as patterns in their weaving. The Buddhist rugs for Tibet or China have deep religious significance as well the forms of both Islam and Zoroaster in the Persian weaving. It is also not uncommon to see more Shamanistic forms like the deer or bird or the cross most associated with Christianity.
My message here is that in many cases rugs serve a higher purpose than just decoration.