Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Any quilter who has visited the cathedral of St. Marcos in Venice can't help but be inspired by the tile floors.  Each marble tile has a separate pattern and color.  The repeated patterns are wonderful.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


                              ONE DAY THERE WAS A PARTIAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN,



                           THE GRASS AND THE TEXTURE OF THE SIDEWALK

Friday, October 15, 2010


One day on my way to Ise we stopped to see the Married Rocks.   I always loved the poetic idea of married rocks and married trees so I had to see the rocks for myself.

In Kyoto on the next flea market day, I found this picture of Japanese tourists at the married rocks.  I was very happy!

Saturday, September 4, 2010


I enjoy repeating photographs and teaching others to make repeats.
I use Adobe Photoshop for all the repeats. Photoshop has a lot of wonderful functions and filters that can be used to significantly change an image.  I look for interesting elements in an image that can create a pattern.

Lotus repeat from photograph

 Accented edges
Cut out
Plastic wrap
 Photograph of water hyacinth
 Repeat of actual photograph

Repeat with edges
Here is a repeat using the lotus with the accented edges.  The beauty of repeated patterns is the secondary and tertiary patterns that can be achieved.  Then it is simple to find the primary, secondary and ground patterns.

Side to side repeat
Half drop repeat
Saturated colors
Lotus leaves

Lotus leaves repeated

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


This is my garden and pond SESERAGI. It is the end of August and my garden is starting to turn.  Now it is at the moment of the achievement of perfection before September, and the beginning of decline and decay.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Sakuran [ NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - Great Britain ]
I really enjoyed this Japanese movie "Sakuran".  It is a story that takes place in the Yoshiwara (geisha) district of Tokyo.  It is glorious eye candy.  Although the reviews in Japan were mostly negative, I loved the overall use of red, gorgeous kimono, beautiful flower arrangements, great sound track, and scene after scene that looked like Japanese prints.  The original story comes from a manga (Japanese comic book).  If you can find a copy with English subtitles, watch it it's worth while.  Hopefully it will be on Netflix soon.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


In India cow dung is very important.   It is used as fuel to fire pottery, for cooking and to insulate houses and when other resources are scarce. Mixed by hand with straw it is dried on walls and built into stacks. It is a renewable resource.


Saturday, April 3, 2010


A Charpoy is a bed or cot used in India.  It has a wooden frame with woven webbing for the top. Some charpoys have very decorative webbing others are quite simple.

I took these pictures when I lived in India for 9 months researching Indian textiles.  The pictures were taken in Shrikalahasti, Andra Pradesh.

CHARPOY from * on Vimeo.

Monday, March 1, 2010




Trees have natural divinity.  The abode of gods and spirits, the living cosmic tree reaches into both upper and lower spheres of the ritual universe, defining their position with respect to everyday experience and serving to symbolize the path that the soul-mind-awareness must take during ritual.  The sacred tree appears in many forms of religious belief, from the cross of Christianity to the central pole of the plains Indian Sundance lodge.   The single cottonwood pole which stands at the heart of the Sundance Lodge represents the link between the earth and sky realms and the four winds or directions.

In Japan, trees are objects of reverence and especially so if they are of great age or size, or otherwise remarkable for their shape.  Such trees are known as Shimboku, divine trees and distinguished by a hemp rope being wound around their trunk.  Besides trees noted for their age, magic or stature the prestigious category of trees rated desirable by the Japanese also compromises those trees whose grain has been veined by the action of insects.  These were employed in the building of temples, shrines, palaces and the houses of wealthy citizens.   

As a rule the surface was left unworked and any natural irregularities were made visible.  Artistic treatment of the surface was hardly ever permitted.  In the scrolls and screens the pine is one of the trees most commonly depicted.  It is considered the symbol of longevity constancy and self discipline.  since it is able to withstand the cold and does not shed its needles.  It's gnarled growth formed by wind, rain, sun and snow, was of perpetual fascination to the artists of China and Japan.

In India there are many sacred trees and spirits are thought to reside in them.


       Trees from Nuapatna, Orissa, India 
 Tree with snake stones Nuapatna, India
 Tree with offerings of necklaces and a ceramic pot for milk.

          Stone carving from a temple in Bhubaneswar,
Orissa, India

      Palampore images are of the Tree of Life.  A palampore is a type of hand-painted and mordant-dyed bed cover that was made in India for the export market during the eighteenth century and very early nineteenth century.
Palampore patterns were usually very complex and elaborate, depicting a wide variety of plants, flowers, and animals, including peacocks, elephants, and horses. Because a palampore was hand-created, each design is unique.       
Concrete tree, Puri, Orissa, India

Lattice carving, Forbidden City, Beijing, China

                                        M. Joan Lintault Uncoiling Snakes, Hand dyed, screen painted cotton, appliqué, hand painted, quilted, sewing machine lace, beads. 81.5 x 81.5 in, 207 x 207 cm.