Saturday, March 31, 2012
Handpainted China Pincushion
Maybe it's just me. Maybe I am just getting old. I don't know, but I walk the aisles of thrift stores with a different mindset than I used to. I am looking for the lost, the orphaned, the needy. I often find familiar items, sewing boxes, broken cardboard boxes of patterns, or a knitting basket, and it all makes me melancholy. Will this be what happens to my creative stuff? Will my grand children's friends find a booth with my stuff - lost, orphaned, once a treasure? Sigh. I save what I can and try not to think of the rest.
This pincushion was just one of those pieces. A china painting artist took great care in placing these flowers just right. I'd like to think that as a pincushion this little cup's life is lengthened no longer to sit on a shelf in a thrift store or being risked each time it is taken off a shelf to fill with tea. It is repurposed into a wonderful tool for another kind of artist, a needle artist.
This remix was a challenge for me as I had to work outside of my color comfort zone, but I think I am pleased with the results.
Do you ever wonder where your creative life will end up once you are finished with it? Are you passing on your craft? Your art? Let's commit to doing so.