Time—Linear or Circular?

Easter…family together…egg hunt…chocolate bunnies…basket surprises…giant bunny from uncle N….baked ham & bunny cake…fun times…Spring is here! Yeah!

Burst of Spring

We normally think of time in a linear pattern—from young to old, year to year, A to Z–but perhaps someday quantum physics will show us how it really is not in a stepwise order. The life experience seems sort of circular in pattern and perhaps it is…This weekend was a time for family.  As we were reminiscening, I remembered my children and I being like peas in a pod when they were growing up–close together while experiencing daily adventures. Though it has been at least 8 years since my last child left home to begin their own solo life adventure, and though I encouraged their independence, I still miss that closeness.

As other grandparents had already informed me, it is true that being with a grandchild triggers memories that you hold in storage. You remember and relive some of the wonderful moments that you had with your own children…what an amazing gift! And this time, you live with an awareness of how precious these experiences all are—it is like getting a second chance! So, maybe time is more circular than we know…

Some of my latest art pieces have been illustrating the stages of life, infancy through old age, in a more linear manner.

Lifeweaving #3 Unfinished,
Lifeweaving #3 unfinished. Woven cotton. © 2011 Joni Beach.

The top piece of my Lifeweaving #3 art quilt is in the final stages of being woven and basted…I still need to weave in the color silver for the decades of ages 60-the mid-80s and gold for ages mid-80s through the 90s. Joan Erikson, wife of psychoanalyst Erik Erikson, helped develop the life stages as written in The Life Cycles Completed  (1997). They named the strength gained in the stage of ages 60-mid 80s as wisdom. Later, Joan added the ninth stage and identified the strength of the final stage as geotranscendence.   

 Next, I want to explore visually the idea of life being experienced more in circular or non-linear patterns. These are drawings from my sketchbook that shows this idea has been in incubation for awhile!Life, Not a Straight LineLife Circular

The Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA) has an on-line Benefit Auction in September. Members donate 12” square art quilts to be auctioned off.–Be sure to check it out!–I am using this as an opportunity to experiment and explore these and other design ideas in this smaller format…stay tuned for that progress and which one will be chosen for donation. I may need your help deciding!

*I’d love to hear your comments…..What do you think about time!? 

Spring’s Awakening

Sometimes we criticize the way people talk about the weather as a conversational starter. But I believe there is a reason for our fascination and preoccupation with it. For example, in the last few weeks our weather here in the southwestern mountains of Virginia has been very erratic! It begins as a gloomy, cold morning that gives way to the sun pushing through the clouds. Just you begin to feel hopeful that winter may truly be retreating, a large dark cloud again floats by and with it a sudden downpour…not of rain but of snow! As it moves on, gradually the sun once again peeks through overhead and the cycle repeats through out the day as the wind blows steadily orchestrating this dance.

Why am I talking about the weather? Because it does awaken our senses…we perk up at the sign of a sunny morning and marvel at snow that quickly passes. The wind brings shivers as it touches us and we crouch down to take shelter in our jackets. We notice the changing colors of the sky and are made aware of the motion of the day. It helps bring us out of our winter’s sleep and fills us with new inspirations and helps to awaken our creativity………

Lifeweavings: A Creative Journey

Today I am beginning this new blog…It’s good to have you here to begin this journey with me!

I believe we are all weaving our own individual lives as we meet the challenges and joys of

Transitions#3:Lifeweaving #1, (c)2006JoniBeach
Transitions#3: Lifeweaving #1. (c) 2006 Joni Beach.

each and every day. Whether we are artists by trade or of life, creative problem-solving is a helpful tool. In our complex times, simple answers and solutions are not always available and exploring many possibilities is required.

For example, in artistic endeavors a craftsperson takes the tools of their trade and experiments with materials, improvises with techniques, and plays around with many different ideas. It is not always easy to explore multiple options because change is not always what we prefer. Our comfort many times lies in the familiar and our impatience may tend to settle with the first answer we find.

In this piece, fabric appears to be woven and quilted together. The colors represent the stages of life I have so far experienced, beginning with blue for infancy through purple–middle-age. The black symbolizes the life challenges and struggles we face daily, which in turn contributes to our strengths…