Saturday, August 28, 2010

a time travelling machine, the resourceful dyer and some perks of life in Warsaw

this is a time travelling machine. an old coffeepot which used to brew my coffee many many years ago. Since before I had any children. it is the pot that taught me to drink the coffee I drink now. It has accompanied me on travels, making coffee anywhere, and what makes it a time travelling machine is
1. the unique taste of the coffee it makes-instant memories
2. it's blackened aspect. it wasn't always black, it became so on an island brewing coffee on an open fire of twigs. (1993)lighting that fire and making coffee there is one of my fondest memories. It gave off the smell of the twig fire for years afterwards, every time it was placed on a heat source, transferring me instantly to that island. Now I only have to look at it.
3. once, in 2002, we were snowed in the house which is now my home, electricity was cut off, the coffeepot became our hero once more by doing its thing on an open fire, in the fireplace..nothing like a cup of good, hot, strong coffee when you're snowed in with a 2 year old and a five year old and no heating......
a whole chapter of my life evolved with that coffee pot in its centre, jose has it because it always was his, but I'm pleased to meet it again and taste its coffee. But in small doses nowadays.
my son picked this piece of tree from the sidewalk and gave it to me. after looking at it and its beautiful galls for a couple of days I bundled it up in one of the cloths I have with me- one of my first bundling experiments, there are faint eucalyptus prints on it. I tied it all around a piece of copper I found lying on the sidewalk. I didn't want to compromise the family's cooking pots, so I put it in an asparagus jar with water and a lid and then did a bain marie- I let it simmer for a while, it got hot. when it cooled, I took it out of the water (there were a few drops of wine, dregs, dripped on the cloth before tying) and now it is staying moist in a plastic shopping bag. I'll let it dry and open it before I leave next week.
this is a textile I saw in an art gallery window.

there are many bears in warsaw. friendly bears.

I;ve wanted to make one of these ever since I saw the stars jude makes. I think I have seamitis- or is it a love affair?

a queens dress, from the museum of mankind. yes, it is full-body and all pieced. yes, it has been making appearances in my dreams

this is what became of the pieced cloth in my previous post.
many stitches have been stitched here in warsaw
and I've been catching up on sleep- the temperature is right


jude said...

i love your star. it is my favorite patchwork pattern after the nine patch.

Manya Maratou said...

yup, mine too, the first actual "pattern" I've tried! you might have heard my screams of frustration and glee and shouts of "I should have tried the ninepatch first"...
pure fun
the boys were curious as to what was prvoking so loud reactions from a person with a needle in her hand

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

manya, you take me to such wonderful places, show me so many things..
i think tonight i will dream the queen dress too

Storycloth said...

Manya what a delightful post. I am absolutely fascinated by the fabric in the window. Are they printed flies? Is there anything else on it? It is captivating. Also I have asked you a question in response to your comment (thankyou) about 'action' over home (Storycloth). Kindest regards, Gilly

Deb G said...

I love the star too. It's the only quilt pattern I've done more than once. Just love what you've shared here.

Mnemosyne said...

i've got a star going....commercial, pink and dogs for my daugther. yours turned out beautifully.

Jasmine said...

We have an expresso machine like that. They are wonderful aren't they. Your stitching is wonderful. It seems like only yesterday I read a post you had written about hating stitching at school, and here you are creating such stitching treasures. Enjoy your time in London, your production sounds wonderful xxJ

Manya Maratou said...

gilly, grace, mnemosyne, deb,jasmine
thank you so much for taking the time to comment
blogger is soooooo slow on my computer at home it is very difficult to visit the comments pages of your (and mine)blogs to comment- it usually refuses and I have to try many times- I;ll try to fix it when I'm back for autumn

Manya Maratou said...

grace lets meet up in dreamland
Gilly the cloth is all woven-
deb thanks
mnemosyne it was good to "meet" you on your blog! I enjoyed that vid.
jasmine, thanks. your island adventure sounds exciting and fascinating

grace- I visit every day. your little person is so tender

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