My friend Heide gave me this lovely present for my birthday. It is a purse embellished with a hand-stitched haiku, made by Naomi Beth Waken. I thought the poem was very appropriate for a day where we celebrate and reflect.
Naomi is a long-time Gabriola resident and Nanaimo's Poet Laureate. She is a prolific writer of all forms but is particularly well known for her haiku. She is also a fibre artist influenced by the years she spent in Japan. She made a whole series of purses for her recent Open House and Studio Sale, held annually in late summer.
I'm an artist who has been making stuff for 30 years. I used to spin, knit, weave, quilt, design, write, embroider and garden, and I still do most of these things, but for the last few years I have been focused on stitching images from Canada's first natural history, the Codex Canadensis.
I try to live a life of minimal consumption and maximum creation. More and more, I see how these are connected.