Sunday, October 27, 2013

Unraveled and Frayed

I have been working on this Challenge for 13 years....the last 3 with more urgency.

"Autumn Turns to Winter:  Unraveled and Frayed"

Let me just say that a few years ago I discovered that 50 is NOT the new 40.  AND, 60 is NOT the new 50.  AND, 70 is not the new anything....anything, that is, but for me, an urgent need to create.

Thirteen years ago I thought of myself as being in my 'Autumn Years".  My visual language included fallen leaves, bare trees, autumn moons and ravens, reminding me of Nevermore.

Those images remain still, darkened perhaps, but continuing to insist that I keep creating.  Everyday.  In the hopes that I will know where my time has gone.

What I forgot to include in my original post:

Full disclosure re my Unraveled and Frayed:  

Details:  18"x18" vintage, reclaimed, recycled cotton dinner napkin, raw edged appliqued with hand-dyed, block printed, hand-painted and soy wax batiked cottons.  Machine and hand stitched.


  1. Your words strike several bells! I very much identify...

  2. I love this colour palette and how you have captured a moment in time Diane. Wise words from a wise woman.

  3. I love the abstract mixed with the concrete. Love the hanging threads from the right side!

  4. Well in this case "autumn" definitely does NOT mean slowing or decline. This piece is so full of life and energy! I love the rich colors and the repeating circles. The dark background makes the colors stand out even more.

  5. Definitely an autumn palette, but that's about the end of that metaphor. You're pretty vibrant. I love the layers and the graph and those washers are great! So much going on - like you!

  6. Thank you all for your kind comments. This first cycle has been such a great experience...both in creating my own AND seeing all your interpretations! This bodes to be a very interesting year, indeed.