365 Somethings #119-125

“Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing directions. You change direction but the sandstorm chases you. You turn again, but the storm adjusts. Over and over you play this out, like some ominous dance with death just before dawn. Why? Because this storm isn't something that blew in from far away, something that has nothing to do with you. This storm is you. Something inside of you. So all you can do is give in to it, step right inside the storm, closing your eyes and plugging up your ears so the sand doesn't get in, and walk through it, step by step. There's no sun there, no moon, no direction, no sense of time. Just fine white sand swirling up into the sky like pulverized bones. That's the kind of sandstorm you need to imagine. And you really will have to make it through that violent, metaphysical, symbolic storm. No matter how metaphysical or symbolic it might be, make no mistake about it: it will cut through flesh like a thousand razor blades. People will bleed there, and you will bleed too. Hot, red blood. You'll catch that blood in your hands, your own blood and the blood of others. And once the storm is over you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about.”
 Haruki Murakami


"the sandstorm chases you"

acrylic squares painted on index card, then stitched in grid, quote

"sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm"

acrylic painted index card, fabrics, quote 

"keeps changing directions"

acrylic painted index card, fabrics, quote 

"swirling up into the sky"

acrylic painted index card, fabrics, quote 

"you change direction"

 thin strips from my gel printing experiments, quote

"short storm crossed"


"adjusts over and over"

fabric, found text, maps, japanese papers, hand painted papers, paint chip, cardstock, ephemera


One of my projects for 2013 is to make 365 stitched collages on 3x5" cards. The more I make, the more I am drawn to make more. You can see all of the collages to date in this Flickr set. A twist in this set - I used fragments from the Murakami quote in most of the collages. And some of the index cards were painted already with acrylics, so I used them too.

Have you ever done a 365 project? What was it like? Did it spark creativity? Did you fizzle out at some point? Would you ever do another?