Continuing with the work of transforming images from my contemplative photography and art making for my dissertation into embroidery, wool applique, and punch needle designs, I created these three sweet brooch pins.
The little birdy and the orange blossom were inspired by an ink drawing/painting I did after a contemplative nature walk - my usual walk on the Florida State University campus from the parking garage to my department's building. As I walked across campus I saw sweet little sparrows flitting around in the grass and as I passed the citrus grove I observed that many of the trees had their first blossoms.
little sparrows flitting
orange blossoms hinting
based on assumption
made hazy my compunction
ink and water
As I worked on these brooches, I thought of how creating needlework designs based on my experiences in the doctoral program and through my contemplative artistic practice research was a natural extension of that work. Handwork and embroidery is a relaxing and peaceful activity that allows the mind to enter a state of contemplation and for my whole being to be at peace.