Leaves and not leaves - while the wool panel I've put on the back of my sweatshirt is dyed with eucalyptus leaves that I found, I see the shapes as feathers - specifically Flicker feathers because they have long been symbols of courage, for me. And I think it takes courage to really show who we are - to be personal.
The name of this sweatshirt was there from the beginning.
I wrote a poem many years ago that pretty much sums up my life philosophy:
No place to go, no answers
My being is always with me
Shifting, in process
Moving and alive
Present with what is inside and out
Aware of my need to express
Honesty is necessary
This is my life.
There's a lot of life lived in this shirt and now it feels much more an expression of who I am.
I am planning a next garment made from scratch but who really knows where the wind will take me next. This elephant seal molting at the beach was sure a surprise!