And, as it happens, I found a CD on my shelf that I had picked up at the Free Store on Lasqueti and never listened to - the "Relaxing Natural Sounds of Okinawa". It had the perfect track of ocean waves and bird chirps. I can easily upload it to the Ipod, adding a layer of sound to the many stitched layers of cloth. Thank you to the anonymous person who gave the CD to the Free Store!
tulip bulbs were a thank you gift from Holland for sheltering the Dutch royal family during World War II. It's another connection in a whole backpack of connections. This piece is really about the great circle of giving.
Mrs. Mandu, sent via Jean-Pierre. (They both live in Suzuka, Japan.) Mrs. Mandu has an antique shop and museum, and I am very fortunate to be the occasional recipient of some of her treasures. Jean-Pierre wrote this comment, which I will include in my artist statement for the show.
"Many of the pieces of fabric used in this project were received over many years through a process of gift-giving with Japanese friends. The giving of gifts, even small gifts, in Japan is an endless activity. One gives a gift and then receives a gift in return and then one sends another gift in return of the return gift and then receives another gift and so-on and so-on... The chain of gifts is a manifestation of the relationship of the people involved and can last a life-time. In this piece, it seems that the scraps of fabric have found another incarnation. Heather's friends in Japan will be very happy to see it and I believe that the pleasure it brings them is a fine return-gift."The little quilt you saw in previous posts is tucked inside. Just a few more finishing touches and the whole piece will be ready to send to the museum.