February 19, 2014

Ephemera: First Quarter

You may remember that back in November, I decided to begin a year-long stitching project, called "Ephemera", that would do nothing more than hold whatever stitches I felt like making that week, along with a sentence or phrase overheard in that week.

I can`t believe that it's already been a full quarter, but so it has!
It began as this:

(I haven`t decided yet which orientation the finished piece will be in.)

The sentences/phrases that are contained in this first quarter are, in no particular order:
  1. Love makes it all go around
  2. May our love and thankfulness wing you on your way. Nelson Mandela
  3. We're falling in love again
  4. This river I step in is not the river in which I stand
  5. The sun rises, and the world keeps relentlessly turning
  6. At the end is my beginning
  7. She didn't give up her seat
  8. You're made of metal, but it must be mercury: stillness doesn't suit you
  9. When I die I will go to jazz
  10. You look more Chinese than Korean
  11. Season's Greetings or Merry Christmas: whatever, thank you for saying something nice
  12. love is not two people gazing at each other, but two people looking in the same direction
So, there was a lot of love this quarter, which is very nice (smile). And also:

4.      Inscribed above a bridge I cross every day on my way to work. A different line of the poem is hidden in different places throughout Leslieville (the neighbourhood in Toronto in which I live); but I've never found them all so am never sure what the line means. I've made plenty of guesses over the years, but without seeing the poem in full, I can never be sure!  Update: I found the poem - it's in the comments - its' the title of the poem. :)

5.      a snippet of a conversation between a co-worker and I after his best friend passed away and in which he and I commiserated about how the world just churns on and pays no attention to the fact that every day is an affront, every one else's indifference a slap in the  face. 

7.      The theme of a conversation between a couple who were (extremely annoyingly!) engaged in performance parenting at my doctor's office. (Note to said couple and people like them: We. don't. CARE. how awesome you think your parenting is, and your smug self-satisfaction only makes you look like jerks. So there.)

9.      From Ishmael Reed's wonderful poem of the same name. A copy of it hangs on my inspiration board - some day I will make a piece based on it. 

10.    A snippet of an overheard conversation on the streetcar one day. This phrase (from a white woman to a young Korean woman) was the LEAST egregious, least racist thing she said during the course of the conversation if you can believe it!

All the others are just bits of overheard conversations or quotes I saw on Facebook and the like.

I think the next quarter I'm not only going to make abstract stitches, but may indulge in some flora and fauna as is my wont. :)

See you on Friday with a link post!

Kit 120
P.S.  I had a question about the words on FB - someone wondering if the words were mnemonic or when I was going to add them  - and now Beth in the comments, put "words" in quotation marks.

The words are actually there! They're stitched in white thread, and are meant to be invisible from a distance (I guess I've been successful! lol); but when I do my sort of weekly posts about the squares, I do a close up of the words so you can see them. :)


cauchy09 said...

these are some sweet little treats.

HollyM said...

I find this is a lovely idea and I like that you've captured meaningful moments in time. Having some handwork to do firing your day is nice too.

Beth said...

When it is all joined, it takes on a life of it's own. I love the "words" and the story behind them. Isn't life grand and aren't humans endlessly interesting? I am looking forward to seeing this finished.

Wendy said...

I'm liking this series, Kit.
I googled your quote from the bridge and found this (if you're interested):
Apparently it's one translation from Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher -


And if you google it, there are *multiple* sites/blogs/etc that reference it. Isn't the internet amazing? ...and ENDLESS! =-)

Kit Lang said...

:) Thanks Wendy!

I looked at your Wiki and that exact line does not appear - I would have been surprised if it had, as the poem was written by a local poet. It would have been a terrible shame if s/he had stolen it!

That stepping in the same river twice thing (or similar) is something that shows up in every culture in several forms though - as evidenced by your Wiki!. :)

Kit Lang said...

However, having taken your googling advice, I found the Poem!!

This river I step in is not the river I stand in.

this river, this river
this river flows into me
out from you
and no
it is not the river I stand in
it is the river I step in
into, over, through
on my way to someplace else
somewhere else
someone else

I step over you and you
in turn
step back and I am taken aback
confused and lost
in deep waters
waters not my own
unfamiliar waters
dark, cold, forceful waters

this river I step in pulls me downstream
with such power
I long to release myself
into it and let it
carry me away...

resistance takes all my strength
strength set on remembering

this river I step in is not the river I stand in

the river I stand in
is much
yet not as cold
in it I stand alone
and am only carried away
by my own steps

~ c.p.grisold

Monica said...

Wow, Kit, what a great poem! How much of it have you found? Now you're going to have hordes of quilters tramping around Leslieville looking for it.

LOL, Maybe not.

But I love this series, too! What a tempting idea. :D

Carol said...

I love it Kit; the poem and all this piece means. It is lovely, scrumptuous, and almost makes me want to eat it. I really like this piece and can't wait to see it finished. xoxo

Carol said...

I love it Kit; the poem and all this piece means. It is lovely, scrumptuous, and almost makes me want to eat it. I really like this piece and can't wait to see it finished. xoxo

Linda Kittmer said...

Beautiful pieces Kit. The resulting quilt is fabulous and the words/sentences make it just sooo much more! I love it!

Maggi said...

This is such a successful series.

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