Thursday, 15 April 2010

Volcanos and Indra's Net

I was supposed to be flying up to Edinburgh tomorrow afternoon for the Dorothy Dunnett Readers Association AGM, so have spent most of the morning re-arranging things and booking a train instead. So much for the relaxed morning I was going to have getting ready! Who would have thought that a volcano in Iceland would have such an impact?

Because we were without a phone line last week, I didn't get a chance to post a picture of a piece of work Sandy Draper, chair of Basildon Embroiderers' Guild has done. Sandy has spent a bit of time in the studio in the last month or so working on some techniques she hadn't tried before in order to complete this design. She included metal embossing, beading, Angelina Fibres and the use of dissolvable film as well as hand embroidery. The work is called 'Indra's Net' and the following words go with it:

Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra there is a wonderful net which has been hung by some cunning creator in such a manner that it stretches out indefinitely in all directions
The creator has hung a single glittering jewel at the net's every node, and since the net is infinite in dimension the jewels are infinite in number.
The jewels hang glittering like beautiful stars.
If we select one of these jewels and inspect it closely, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net. Also, each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is reflecting all the other jewels,
so that the porcess of reflection is infinite.
When any jewel in the net is touched,
all the other jewels in the node are affectd.

This is an allegory for the hidden interconnectedness
and interdependency of everything and everyone
in the Universe.

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