Art to Wear

  knit, crochet and sew clothing with skills I learned from my mother.

I was fortunate to be born in a temperate climate zone. I knit for all seasons. The seasons are wonderful inspirations. Their energies are amazing. But now, I am influenced by climate change. I have executed new ideas to provide comfort in design given the extreme environments we are experiencing.

Mind you, I feel I do not know how much of my ability will be used to generate revenue. I feel I am fortunate in knowing how to clothe myself and others. 

The  website, Thumb Print and Thumb Print Too, the home for art, clothing, and multi-dimensional objects, is available. The thumbprint, a characteristic of all humans, is a symbol of this business. It is the uniqueness of a natural pattern created from a limited set of elements, " genuine as your own."  That is the genesis of Thumb Print's existence.  

Thumb Print and Thumb Print Too came to light in New York City in 1977 from a desire to create different kinds of crafts from clothing to quilts. Thumb Print garments are unique; inspiration comes from energy. 

I created a hybrid technique where I combine crocheting and knitting.

Funny thing: I showed my work to a woman who claimed that she was a fashion designer. They were cool weather garments. She later told me that she thought I only made winter garments. KNITTERS KNIT FOR ALL CLIMATES! It is personal preference to create for a particular one. The skills are universal. 

Traditionally Knitted Clothing

I like using natural yarns of vibrant colors, primarily natural yarns with 10% synthetic fibers and/or novelty yarns to help maintain the shape.

In silence one hears the sounds of creation.

One finds memory.

Without silence, you cannot know Love.

Love is the essence of all creation, the natural sound.

All of these harmonic proportions are creation, the essences of Love.

To be found in the silence – where the sounds of creation reside.

Notice how things feel, when created from this place, instead of Ego.

See the Light. 

Traditionally Knitted and Crocheted
Great Sweaters

The hand crocheted and hand knitted sweater jackets are unique in design of:

1.     The shape;

2.      The design and images;

3.     The combinations of colors, and

4.     The textures.

The size accommodates several body types because of its big, loose fitting style.  It is an ideal garment to carry the wearer through three seasons adding layers when the weather gets colder.  For the Caribbean, cotton, with a minimum of synthetic fiber, allows tropical breezes to flow over the body through the yarn removing directly uncomfortable heat and perspiration, and never displaying an unsightly cling that cotton or silk tend to create.

Each sweater jacket – abstract, nature, or crop circle designs – is unique.   No two are alike.  The garment can be worn casually or formally for as many occasions as the wearer wishes.  

The benefits of owning one is:

1.     It is an original work of wearable art;

2.     It is versatile;

3.     It is an investment, and

4.     It is well constructed and made to last.

The sweater jacket is produced in two ways:

1.     Designs created by the principal without another’s involvement;

2.     Designs are created as a result of intuitive insight of personal knowledge of the specific wearer. The client is asked to bring certain objects – favorite jewelry, clothing, or other accessories.  With this and other information that is intuited during a meeting or meetings, the designer creates a sweater jacket solely for that wearer

Hand knitted, hand crocheted, or hybrid products take three to six weeks to execute and complete.  

Hybrid Clothing

Sweaters combine knitting and crocheting resulting in a garment that can be worn in all seasons.

Atypical Japanese Clothing

Traditional Japanese sleeping robes created from a pattern drawn from a yukata received in Japan in 1984. remade using non-traditional Japanese fabric like African and abstract fabric.  

da Vinci: ”…every part is disposed to unite with the whole, that it may thereby escape from its incompleteness.” 

Grace: ”Mercy and the Divine gift of Love, spring from the relatedness of all that exists.” from Weil, Simone, Gravity and Grace, p. 102 

What has the above got to do with anything? As I loop, sew, thread, I have a headful of intentional thoughts that I know affect the work.  I input giggles, laughter, and healthy wishes for the wearer. If you don't think that's normal, that's fine. I never said I was! 

Notes on The Mists of Avalon and How I Make Some of the Clothing

Marion Zimmer Bradley is one of my favorite authors. Her writing of Morgaine's process in creating King Arthur's scabbard was detailed. In later years, as I attempted to express how I create my art, clothing, and the hybrid sweaters, I found Morgaine's process to be a little similar.

I paraphrase from Ms. Zimmer Bradleys' book The Mists of Avalon:

Morgaine was entranced as she applied needlework, symbols, as one whispered enchanting spells to protect Excalibur's owner, her brother Arthur. She pricked her finger, cast spells, as the blood drops saturated the fabric.  Morgaine embossed symbols along the scabbard's length, symbols of strength, courage, power, and protection from death.

I enjoy making the French cords with my little mechanical machine. After I create the body, I weave the cords through to form patterns. I do not need a needle until I have determined if I used the appropriate amount of cords.

I view the garment as having positive and negative spaces. As the garment develops, I have a grand, enjoyable time laughing at the weirdness because it is so different. My wish as I create these, and all other projects, is that the wearer enjoys them.

Shadows are prominent; the look of the "fabric" is a macro-example of a weave. The horizontal or the vertical is expressed. The tactile nature of these may remind one of cables because of the three dimensional aspect. But cables are static, patterns that do not change. I place Celtic knots, twists among or on the cords where my senses direct me. The thickness of the cords, the threading through the crocheted form possesses a sensuousness that demands to be touched.

Cradled by Allison L. Williams Hill

In The Mists of Avalon, nature energies were respected but were slowly being replaced by ordered religion. The Beltane ceremony that put Arthur and Morgaine together, was a ritual that was frowned upon by the Church. The Church's influence was gaining strength in erecting barriers to places beyond the mists, where time stood still and one was always happy and at peace, known only by gifted people who possessed the power to gain entry.

I drew images of art to wear that enhanced the sensory web. I believe the body is within Mind, not the Mind is within the body. The Mind, it is agreed to by many, is not limited to the brain. The "sixth sense", intrusion into personal space are signs of the Mind at work.

Regarding personal space: the three foot circumference around the body is the distance psychologists have determined through study that an American born person remains comfortable. Move within that space and the person seeks to distance him or herself from the "invader."

Though the elements of the garment were still within Mind, that is close to the body, it is supposed to give the illusion of heightened sensitivity.

In those days, faeries and gnomes were offices, committed guardians to protect paganistic, sacred rites and natural settings. The definition of "pagan" means "of or in nature."

Notes on The Forgotten Mage 

The Forgotten Mage, an excellent book by C.F.R. mentioned that the Church, in its bid for more power and to crush anything that threatened this, reduced these beings to the small, dismissive fantasy figures written in children's stories.

Also called the Force, it is perceived as male because male energy is action. It does. And again, it is nurturing, meditative, feminine energy. It is androgynous, both and the same.

Solomon moved organized worship indoors. My education discussed that Jesus never wanted a religion to be named after him, but that he wanted the work to progress. He worked among the people where his journeys brought him, and among the disciples who were as fearful of his abilities as were the people, to help us understand that we "...thirst within a desert that is not there."

Jesus was a man after all. The Council of Nicaea should be acknowledged for raising his stature beyond the grasp of the common human to insure their position between God and people, and power. The deception worked for centuries. But the Truth is in the Light now.

Morgaine used her love, the power of her mind, and the availability of what existed: Nature. How different was that from what Jesus was about?   I AM a Pagan. I worship within nature; God is Here, wherever I AM. He surrounds me, penetrates me, binds me.

God was, is, and forever will be in all things. 





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