you'll remember my post i wrote a couple of weeks ago in which i mentioned a ball of red yarn - walking through the woods and leaving a trail. i was tempted - believe me, i couldn't wait to go get some red yarn and wind it through the rhododendron, and along the edge of the river. i started worrying, though, about some poor animal trying to eat the string - and worry won out in the end. a red thread nest? now, that would be a stunning find and an incredible work of art for some little bird to execute. i've settled, instead, on making ornaments as valentines for nature. picture tying a red silk ribbon onto a branch at eye level, just next to a trail that is frequented by you and by others who are strangers. imagine coming upon something like this out in the woods - a bit of metal dangling and swaying in the breeze - words that draw you in - simple words - a simple haiku. picture the little quartz drop glittering in the sun, like a bit of lingering rain after the storm has passed. i love this notion. i love that you could write your own haiku across the back with a sharpie pen, and love that the copper will tarnish with age and with time. i love that you could rub the back with a bit of fine steel wool to remove the old haiku, to replace the words with the changing seasons. i love that the red silk, symbolizing the common thread that eternally connects us all, will eventually fade in the sun, in the rain, in the snow - but oh how soft, like a whisper, it will be....
i'm calling this my red thread haiku project. there are a few of the ornamental poetry pieces for sell over in my etsy shop - each bearing an original haiku that i've hand engraved. no haiku is the same; i compose them at the moment that they are inscribed across the copper. i'd love to see what others choose to scrawl across the backs of the one or ones that they purchase; i'd love to have haiku appear here that folks have shared. they are such simple, easy little bits of beauty to write - focused on nature, how could they be anything but beautiful?
red ribbon flutters
crimson bright against the woods
cardinal loves this...
i'm very excited and pleased to share with you, as well, some news about an upcoming retreat i mentioned in an earlier post - one that is very much in keeping with that wonderful concept of red thread. my good friend and creative coach lesley riley is hosting the red thread retreat, and i will be there too, along with fellow artist and pal claudine hellmuth; classes will be intimate, in a beautiful setting along the potomac river, three classes in three days. lesley will be revealing more information in the weeks to come... xo
(for more reading on the red thread, you can visit here.)