Reveal Yourself - Woven Together
When I make a quilt, I saturate myself in color. I locate the most beautiful fabrics I can find and then I cut them up into smaller pieces. I lay them all out and imagine them communing and how they would be the happiest together. Sometimes it’s more about shape and the color comes in like the punch line of a good joke. Then I slowly sew them back together.
Finished, it becomes a whole being of itself, infused with my presence, laced with my grief and love.
This process is not dissimilar to the way that we understand anatomy, alignment or biomechanics for moving body practices. Pieces of the body are intellectually extricated so that they can be discussed and understood with greater depth. Anatomy, for example is a study of humans, plants or other living organisms and what is revealed by separation of the parts. Bones, blades, stalks, and veins, all give us information.
It’s like laying out all the small bits of fabric you have for your quilt and studying them closely, comparing and naming, drawing definitive lines that separate between each piece. If we only look at the pieces, it’s easy to forget that when they come together, they are an exquisite expression of love. And that’s just what you are. The human body is a majestic collection, it is a mystery in the highest, functioning in a practical and altogether explainable manner, except when it doesn’t.
It’s easy to go down the rabbit hole into the finite beauty of precision. To detail the beginnings and endings, but in the end, the story is always the same: The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We need both certainty and mystery to live an integrated life.