Thursday, February 27, 2014


by Lin Hsin-Chen
Self-breakthrough, 18" x 27"
I’m keen on learning things that I’m not familiar with in order to make self-improvements. I believe that it’s a life lesson for all of us. However, reality is often not as easy as what we imagined. Bias, preconception and different levels of understanding of people and things usually block us. Sometimes confidence would influence our choices and judgments. All these problems would be solved or gain positive response if only we can open our minds to learn. I’m willing to overcome my shortcomings. It’s also my lifelong learning goal.

Over a long period of time, I have known that there is a bottomless black hole inside me. There is nothing horrible as people might have imagined, but the need of profound knowledge makes it hard to access and reveal. The real world is gorgeous, colorful and full of hope, which is encouraging me, supporting me and giving me power and blessing because of my efforts to learn. I am like a colorless big tree that accepts various challenges through different learning experiences. I try my best to learn the wisdom and expect to bloom confidently just like the transparent flowers on the tree. I always believed that to learn humbly is the best way to breakthrough oneself. I wish myself and everyone all has the courage.

To me, this challenge gives me another opportunity to talk with my inner-self and re-understanding myself. It’s a very special experience to examine new feelings with every stitch. I cherish the creative process of this quilt. It’s going to be an unforgettable memory. Thank you Lisa-Marie for giving this topic!

Materials: woven fabric from my old collection, silk, satin, commercial cotton, glitter, beads, ribbon, lace, woolen yarn, metallic threads
Techniques: 100% hand-stitched, pieced, appliqué, 3-layer quilted


  1. Hsin-Chen your piece is beautiful! I love the transparent flowers and the metaphor of the tree. I'm so glad you enjoyed the challenge!

    1. Making the transparent flowers is a new experience to me. I've never thought that tree can be transparent. That’s why we cannot say “no” to everything. Saying “yes” allows us to try new things!

  2. Wonderful! Hsin-Chen, I, too, was struck by the transparent tree and your metaphor. I think I the metaphor, but I would hardly call you colorless! There is a lot to learn in a lifetime.

    1. Thank you, Martha. I've made 3 quilts related to trees recently. Maybe they can become a series. I've learned a lot during the creative process, and just like you said, “There is a lot to learn in a lifetime.”