Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Climate Change

I made this felt picture today in response to Theme Thursday's Blog Action theme of Climate Change. You can't see it on this photo, but the picture is set inside a circle which in turn is inside a square. The circle and the square intertwine like knot work. The circle and square were made with wool that had been dyed in nettles. Assayya recently wrote:

The stinging nettle grows in places where the harmony and balance in the soil is disturbed. He purifies as it were the soil to which plants can grow again, who first disappeared. That makes the energy of the nettle in the emotional sphere. It purifies and makes the atmosphere back into balance from a give and take.

Using nettle dyed wool to encircle this picture seemed both symbolic that the earth is out of balance, but with acknowledging that we can each try to do our bit to restore that balance.

The heart of the picture depicts the earth, the sky and the sea. Each of which are effected by climate change. In the spirit of optimism I have also made a ship donning a Greenpeace flag :)

The above pictures are images from Greenpeace campaigns.


This picture was posted on Dot World.
It's not about Climate Change but it does say it all!

29 comments:

ArtSparker said...

...and an excellent female tonic as well, nettles.

Natural Moments said...

Its excellent in casseroles and burritos too.

Raph G. Neckmann said...

I've always liked nettles, they seem to exude a good atmosphere.

Kris said...

Nettles sting.

Brian Miller said...

nicely done jasmine. you are so talented and creative. love the symbolism in the art and all the thought you put into it.

lynne h said...

ohhh, this is so lovely and soft, jasmine... and nettles are perfect here. i'm a huge nettles fan. such beautiful Beings they are...

Delphyne said...

Lovely....and nettles is also great for seasonal allergies.

Crafty Green Poet said...

This is such a beautiful piece and nice creative use of nettles. They are very useful both for insects that feed on them and for us but they do sting and i have a really bad reaction to their sting, so | have mixed feelings about them....

Betsy said...

Your felty thing is pretty!

Shadow said...

the stinging nettle is superb, in its meaning of purifying the earth. great post!

ruthie said...

Beautiful,i too love the symbology in your work, your felting is wonderful, & its had t imagine you not long ago started it, you have a real gift for it. - our poor old planet - its hard to be optimistic sometimes !! ps i havent changed any settings, how odd, but im real glad you can leave comments again. x x ruthie x

Colette Amelia said...

Wow that is a stunning piece you designed!

Jasmine said...

Thank you for all your comments. I'm slowly reading down the list of the Them Thursday participants now, but sadly there are many blogs I can't leave comments for due to this weird computer problem I have.

I just read Roy's world. I feel much as he does, I'm not a writer, I make crafts so that is the medium that I have used for my post on Climate Change.

If you are interested in finding out how to help please click on the felted picture. If you are interested in reading more about climate change, please click on the word climate change were it appears in the post.

Thanks :)

Harnett-Hargrove said...

Well done, Jasmine. Your pictures is worth a thousand words... -J

Poetikat said...

Lovely, creative expression of the theme. You are a real talent.

Roy said...

I love it - a felt picture! And dyed with nettle. How cool is that?

Good work, Jasmine.

Tom said...

great work you do with felt, and nettles...what are nettles?

GreenWhisper said...

a beautiful piece of artwork Jasmine, and love the way you used the nettles :)

Wings said...

Wow - How cool!!!

e said...

Your piece is very beautiful! Thanks for stopping by today.

Dan Gliubizzi said...

An observation similar to the nettles. I have a dark eroded area under three large maples where nothing was growing. I cut all the lower limbs to let in the light and then did nothing more. The first arrival was that lawn cabbage that most suburbanites work hard to get rid of. I let it grow and noticed that it's strong tap root started to loosen the soil. Once the cabbages grew to fill the space. I tossed grass seed right on it, which took immediately and slowly choked out the cabbage.

Tammie Lee said...

I so enjoy the spirit and depth you bring to your art. I am also enlivened by how you have jumped whole heart into your wool art. I remember when you just started. Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Dreamhaven said...

wonderful things, nettles. Sharp and to the point. Love the creativity of your work.

Assayya said...

thanks:))

The Scrybe said...

:) This is an issue close to my heart...

Baino said...

Does that mean we should be planting nettles! We don't have any over here!

grrl + dog said...

Oh.. I see you are an amazing felter!
And also concious of the magic in plants as heling agents too.

I am a bush flower practitioner as well and alway amazed at the beauty and strength of plants..

Karin Bartimole said...

love this thoughtful and inspiring piece Jasmine! thanks for sharing the nettle info - that was fascinating, and yes,perfect to integrate into the message of your art and climate change. really well done!

Walk in the Woods said...

Verrry cool image!