Monday, November 15, 2010

"dalliance" - November BJP

When I drew the word 'dalliance' from my word jar I wasn't even sure what it meant.  Pulling out my old dictionary I looked up the definition - dalliance: a trifling away of time; dawdling.  There is a second definition 'amorous toying flirtation' but since I'm happily married I decided to skip that one!
I love the whole idea -- 'trifling away of time; dawdling'.  Often my days are filled with to-do's that have a time stamp attached.  Clock watching becomes the norm.  And even when there is nothing on my calendar for a day I find myself checking the time asking myself if I have 'time' to do this or 'time' to do that.

And so, with this November BJP I decided to completly 'dawdle' my way through it.  Amazingly, it finished up quite quickly and now I'm wondering if my clock watching might indeed make each piece seem to take forever.  Without any time frame this bookmark just sort of appeared beneath my fingers.

The colors, fabric, beads and thread that appear in this BJP are completely different for me.  I stitched beads along the pattern of the batik fabric - which happened to be flowers.  At first I wondered what in the world I was doing - using pink and green, wandering all over this fabric without a plan (or a time frame).  But it soon took hold of me and became what it wanted to be.  I had to include a clock face to the design because after all we are talking about time.  But I tied that clock face up in fibers to keep it in its place and to tell it that the fantasy surrounding it had taken its powers away.

I'm hoping now to continue my dawdling and wait to see what comes out of this non-time sensitive period.  Hope you're all getting a chance to dawdle a bit too!

"Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable". - Carl Jung


  1. How lovely, Penny! Very soft and romantic :-)

  2. What a great word and I love the finished bookmark!

  3. Delightful!!! This is a very pretty piece, and I love that you dawdled it into existence! I also love the colors. I know it's fun to follow the design of batik fabrics and see what you get. Great improvisational work!

  4. first off let me say thank you for your comment on my blog - Especially since that is how I found yours! Wonderful artwork! Your beaded dolls and bookmarks are such beautiful things to see, I am very impressed!! Thank you so much for sharing your work.

  5. Penny, I sure know how it feels to get swept up by pinks & greens ;>}
    This is just terrific...quite different from your other ones and isn't it great to know they each have a personality of their own?! And I LUV that the clock has its powers taken away - HOORAAY!!!!

  6. Thanks to all of you - and here's to learning how not to be a time keeper!! Viva la dalliance!



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