Posts Tagged ‘brain quilts’

The Landscape of My Memory

January 18, 2017

Once again, the Challenge Group project has given me a chance to explore my beads, my stash, and my world view. The theme is “I Remember . . .” but I’m rapidly reaching that time of life when I really don’t remember. The little gray cells are aging. I thought of the implications of the graying of the gray cells, and started this project in the brain quilt series, which I call The Landscape of My Memory.

My mind as a map

My mind as a map

The central background is one that the Progressive Party made when I asked for small art pieces to embellish. It really is a landscape. I added the borders and the beads. First I quilted lines with little blue crystals that represent those ideas/memories that seem to bubble up without a care in the world. Then I added the pearls, which represent those ideas/memories that bubble up but are actually worth capturing.

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble

The twisted red border comes from my brain fabric stash, and represents my neural network. Bless its heart, it tries so hard. I added some dark beads to represent the little nuggets of neurons that keep hanging in there, anchoring me to reality as best they can.

Work those neural nets

Work those neural nets

The bottom dark gray border represents the memory swamp where ideas go to hide. They aren’t necessarily bad ideas, but they don’t have a lot of staying power. Still, I always have hope that if I’m very lucky, someday I’ll be able to reach those ideas/memories. That hope is represented by the thin line of shiny crystals, just because I can.

Who knows what lurks in the shadows? Not me!

Who knows what lurks in the shadows? Not me!

Luck and wisdom!

A Random Collection of Fuzz Balls

March 16, 2016

The allergy pixies took out their sledge hammers and pounded me into submission this week. Everything has come to halt. My energy level is in negative numbers. My brain is a random collection of fuzz balls.

Before my sinuses decided to secede from the rest of my body, I started a collage with my buffalo collection.

Lani Longshore buffalo collage

Although I like what I see, I know it would be unwise to do anything permanent at this time. With the help of some scraps, my pom-pom collection, and a bit of glue, I created an image of what my brain feels like.

A picture of a real brain, and an image of mine

A picture of a real brain, and an image of mine

With any luck, whatever is blooming will run its course soon. Until then, I’m staying away from heavy machinery and sewing needles.

Luck and wisdom, and health to all!