Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower – Albert Camus
Jenine Shereos, is a sculptor and installation artist in Boston. In the “Leaf Series” Shereos mimics the beautiful veining that often shows itself best in decaying leaves by wrapping, stitching and knotting strands of human hair.
The artist uses water soluble material as the foundation of each piece, first stitching the individual strands of hair (by hand) onto the material, then tying a minuscule knot at every intersecting point. When she dissolves the water soluble backing material, the knots allow the leaf to hold its shape. A fascinating process.
“The complex network of lines present in this work mimics the organic patterns found in nature and speaks to the natural systems of transformation, growth and decay. Allusions to the vascular tissue of plants, as well as the vascular system of the human body, exist simultaneously; the delicate trace of a hair falling silently, imperceptibly, from one’s head becoming the veins of a leaf as it falls from a tree leaving its indelible imprint on the ground below.” Jenine
Photos by Robert Diamante
It is hard to believe that summer is very nearly over, in the little Cove where I live in Cornwall, England signs of Autumn are appearing and the evenings are noticeably drawing in. When you take the time to reflect upon nature, you observe a complex yet very beautiful world cycling through patterns, phases and through stages of transition. Our lives are like nature’s seasons – Winter a season for reflection, hibernation and planning; Spring a season for learning and opportunity and Summer a season for celebration and fulfilment. But what of Autumn ?
I like to think of Autumn as a second Spring when every fallen leaf is another flower on the ground so for me it is also a time of learning and opportunity. It is hard to believe that this time last year Hands Across the Sea Samplers was just beginning to transform from an inkling of an idea between two friends to an actual sampler being chosen to reproduce.
It has been a huge learning curve for us but good things can happen when you follow your dreams, here we are twelve months later with seven designs published, several more in production and a loyal client base collecting our charts. THANK YOU to each and every one of you for your support and friendship.
Making contact with other needleworkers around the world has been the best reward for us and we enjoy hearing from you. We were delighted to receive an email from Sue Smith:
“……. I really enjoyed working the design. I’d never stitched any wording before this and never on such a tiny scale either – quite a challenge. I’m really pleased with how it turned out ……..”
Well done Sue, the little motif inspired by Hannah Coates’ sampler is delightful. Thank you for sharing your stitching with us.
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