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Friday, August 11, 2006
Making Progress
The class sample for the class I am teaching in Maine the end of the month is nearly done. I have really enjoyed making it and I hope my students enjoy the process as much as I have. The design is based upon and Australian Aboriginal story of the Mother Goddess Nungeena, who saved the beautiful plants and flowers of the world from beening eaten up by bugs (created by the evil Marmoo) by taking a handful of the most colorful flowers and creating the Lyre bird to eat the bugs. Other helpful spirits then joined in and, not being as creative or talented as Nungeena (or as powerful) they created other, less spectacular birds (who, none-the-less had appetites for bugs). So, we have here my version of a Lyre bird in front of a waterfall (because Nungeena lived behind a waterfall in a beautiful valley) sitting in the branches of plants. So far I have one flower added and will add two more. There are also 2 bugs- a shield (or stink) bug and a katydid....after all, the birds couldn't eat them all or else there would no longer be a use for the birds!

The finished piece will be about 24" x 24".

I do hope I have not offended anyone of Australian Aboriginal descent or from Australia by using one of their stories but it just so fascinated me and I just couldn't let the images go.

I will have to work on the hand stitching all weekend as my goal is to have it done, backed and bound by 5pm Monday so I can pack up my teaching supplies and ship them off to Barb in Mass. on Tuesday. I SURE don't want to have to go through the hassle of clearing customs with all this stuff....especially since I would have to do it 6 times (Port Huron/Sarnia, Toronto/Buffalo, Yarmouth/Portland). At least with the sewing machine I will have the receipt handy to prove I have had it a while.


Lyre Bird

posted by Teri Springer @ 4:39 PM  
  • At 9:17 PM, Blogger Sheep Rustler said…

    Your lyre bird is lovely. We live a pleasant drive away from one of the main lyre bird areas and have sometimes seen them, and often heard them, when we've gone for a day in the hills. They are nature's mimics and can sound like streamtrains or chain saws, among other things. It's a lovely piece and I hope you have fun teaching it!

  • At 9:46 AM, Blogger Leigh said…

    Beautiful! I've just been surfing WeaveRing and found myself here. Glad I clicked on "next."

  • At 8:55 AM, Blogger catsmum said…

    I don't think most koori [ aboriginal ] people would be at all offended by your delightful use of one of their dreamings. Your piece is lovely and more importantly entirely yours. What IS considered extremely offensive is the improper use of aboriginal art styles and symbols, for example dot paintings. It has only become a culturally sensitive issue over the last 10 or so years ... maybe 15 ... before that I know a lot of aussie quilters who thought of these designs as a wonderful resource, not realising that we were being culturally insensitive. It's a big no go area now.

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