“When we engage in fiber arts, we are creating something, but we’re also participating in historic traditions tens of thousands of years old. You are not only not only making art for your soul and for future generations, you are embodying the work of our ancestors.” – the woven road
I had no doubt it was a red doily. Although it could easily have been a close-up of one of Suzy’s shawls too. The design is one I’ve seen many times before, something crocheted or knitted for sure.
But I was stunned to read it was a microscopic photograph of the cross section of a Poplar tree taken by photographer Robert Berdan.
We humans have been knitting and crocheting for thousands of years. Yet this well known pattern we created is the same as the pattern that is found inside a tree.
Did we know this on some level?
For me, seeing this photograph speaks to our innate connection to the natural world. To an artists ability to subconsciously connect to those things that are invisible to most of us.
It gives me a sense of community too. Not only with other humans who continue to recreate theses patterns, but community with nature too.
It makes me feel safer as if I can trust the natural way of things. The natural processes of life and death.