FeltIlluminations: Rooted and Grounded

Yesterday I went to Spun Fibre Arts in Burlington to spend some birthday money. I found some beautiful merino/silk blends, that create a lovely sheen when you felt them into a project. I also found some specialty wool that looks like felting dreadlocks! So interesting and inspiring to work with.

I went back home and happily immersed myself in felting. Much to my dismay, I was so engrossed in the task that I forgot to pick up my housemate Mary from her course!

“I’m soooo sorry,” I grovelled, twenty minutes late.

“This is the first time you’ve been late for anything. It’s a good sign.” Was her gracious response.

It is a good sign, actually. I’m having so much fun engaged in the creative process. And I think it’s bringing a better balance of work/play, which will aid me on my quest for long term sustainability in urban mission.

I’ve called my Etsy store FeltIlluminations. The ancient monastics, as they copied the Scriptures, would illustrate them as they went along. These illustrations were called illuminations. So I’m reinventing an ancient monastic tradition, with felt!

My latest piece is called “Rooted and Grounded,” based on one of Paul’s prayers in Ephesians that I love and have prayed over people thousands of times since the inception of GOHOP.

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.~ Ephesians 3:14-17

I do so love how creative ideas evolve. I just started wanting to is illustrate some tree roots, but along the way it evolved into a gracious dancing woman!

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