|A crumbling lace tablecloth was Fabri-tac'd onto a gold tablecloth, and then stapled to the ceiling with strips of crazy quilted fabrics, embellished with new and vintage ribbon, pillow case lace, and silk flowers.|
However, I did have a damaged ceiling in my studio that needed either replastering, or a fresh layer of Sheetrock over it, and (oh, big surprise) absolutely no desire to do such tedious and laborious work. And in that same room, stood a mountain of fabrics bought for projects that somehow never quite got done, and sample fabrics collected for clients. Having done a fair bit of crazy quilting back in the late eighties, it wasn't a big leap from carpeted wall inspiration to crazy crumbling plaster solution.
|Crazy quilted ceiling in Dawn-Marie deLara's art studio...oh, yeah, that's what I did with the gold tablecloth...wondered why I couldn't find it in the drawer!|
|Mandala painting by Ann Viveros|
|A selection of Ann Viveros' work is on display at Kingsway in Belle Plaine, MN|
Because I have lost a core fear, I am changed at depth, and this now changes my interaction with everyone I come in contact with, in some indefinable way. A friend once told me that to be significant, one had to be like Jesus or Michael Jackson, and I wasn't sure how to debate it, though it seemed off to me. I think the error might be in confusing fame with significance. We all affect far more of the world than we are ever aware of, regardless of whether our name is ever known beyond our own circle of friends. This violinist touched countless lives with her music, and now because she changed me, she touches every life I touch...not to mention all the people who will one day not cringe when I open my mouth to sing and the notes come out right!
So tonight I wish you peace, inspiration, and the wisdom to know that if you are present on this planet, you are significant.