"At some level I have always turned to art making
some people just dance
into your life
open hands offering,
arms generously wide, hearts a blaze
with creative verve..
karin discovered our shrine project and
"Gypsy Challenge" winner 2010 at the International Quilt Show in Houston, Texas
welcome Karin Otto-Burfict
i find myself speechless for this tender holy
plethora of stitches
each thread tethered
to the ginormous heart of
for the children!!!
whoever you are.
lover of leaving-
it doesn't matter.
ours is not
a caravan of despair;
even if you have broken your vows
one hundred times,
a thousand times.
straight from the heart and hands of gemma.
for more exquisite beauty and warmth you are always welcome at
a golden heart at
i had to peek inside
the house of belonging.
"I was inspired by the children's book 'The Way Home',
which is a lovely,
moving and sobering book about a homeless child.
The fact that the auction is to help street children in Mexico
made me think of this book.
It is the tale of the child rescuing a kitten,
also homeless and in need of help.
He crosses the dangerous city,
finally taking the kitten home
-to the makeshift shelter where he lives.
The shelter is decorated with pictures I think the boy has drawn,
and is now home to him and his cat.
The book is about home,
in the most important sense-
how it is made-through love and care and being a special place
to those who live there.
I wanted to show that in my shrine.
The heart on the lid of the shrine is to emphasise the importance of love in making a home."
spending time with paula scott
is an inspiration unto itself.
Her face is painted much like what you would see in a Dia de los Muertos parade.
The background is done in joss paper which is Chinese spirit money for their dead ancestors.
The side door is decorated with some collage work and includes ravens.
The ravens are a re-occurring theme from the shrine I did last year.
on the shrine has meaning for me.
Native North American tribes in the southwest area
see the raven as the bringer of light.
Hopi, Navajo and Zuni tribes
felt the raven flew out from the dark womb of the cosmos,
and with it brought the light of the sun
(implying the dawning of understanding).
The raven is also considered a venerated bird of creation,
for without the raven,
humans would forever live in darkness.
"they say the dead tell no tales. i disagree.
they whisper on the spring breeze, and wish upon stars."
have you opened yourself up to
"the wishing on a star
shrine was constructed from an upcycledamazon.com box
(not mine, i go to the library or buy from my local bookstore!),
fulled second hand sweater,
salvaged ribbon, silk damask, thread, flowers,
beads which tumbled to the floor as we put our mother to rest,
and my prayer
that every child born will be held
and nurtured by all members of their community."
adrienne is a rare flower with limitless complex beauty.
she has a way of opening hearts with her
depth of wisdom and sensitivity.