Recently a friend gave me a small paper shopping bag. Inside was some fabric, a 46 year old naked Barbie doll and a small ball of orange wool. I expected the fabric and Barbie, but the wool was a surprise.
The fabric was for a bag Suzy wanted me to make her. We had traded Barbie stories. She told me how when she was a kid, she coerced her minister ,who was visiting her in the hospital, to get her a Barbie because her mother wouldn’t let her have one. (Barbie empowering girls once again). She still had her Barbie doll, but Barbie had no clothes. I offered to try and make her a dress. Maybe something mod.
The small orange ball of wool was hand spun and left over from a knitted hat. It was the perfect little gift. Beautiful in itself, and meaningful in the work that went into making it. Suzy said she planned to keep all the leftover balls of yarn in a mason jar. I can imagine what they will look like. Mine will go in the studio, on one of the shelves or alters. An offering to art and creativity.