In the last few days of 2014, I have been creating little huipil samplers, in the way of lace samplers, crochet samplers, etc. that I have seen in the homes of women who knew all the secrets I never did, about stitchery. When I look at it, I see that some are more successful, some less. But then, that is MY perspective. Together they make a whole, like a quilt that has yet to be stitched together.
|Lena Bartula's "huipil sampler 1" 18.5x 13", mixed media|
Making these has spawned (a word I really don't like) another project, and I believe it was subconsciously inspired by Lisa Sonora. I participated in ROOT: a 30-day journal project. I had never made a commitment like that, and I didn't do so well on this first one. I made it to day 21, and looking back, I feel it was because I failed to make it MY project. Lisa is so fabulous, she ALMOST made me think I could do it. So Lisa, thank you so much; because of you, I'm inspired to do something of my own.
Beginning tomorrow, I'm going to make one huipil a day for 365 days. Yes, I said that. These small ones are 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches, and it's likely that somedays I'll be making something much smaller, much less detailed for sure. But since most of 2015, I plan to be in my studio more than I was in 2014, I believe it's a viable goal.
I hope you'll come along for the journey. See you next year!