Good Grief Knitting

How knitting can help coping with bereavement distress, work stress, anxiety or illness.

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Stitching as meditation

meditation sewing

This conversation about stitching is itself slow, meditative and pondering, titled "Thinking Stitch" by Brenda Miller. https://vimeo.com/115214439 In the conversation, the two women sewing discuss early memories of a mother sewing practical clothes, rhythms of machine and handsewing, practicing the craft as a meditative way of slowing down, and the importance of finding that creative …

Caravaggio brought to life

The paintings of Renaissance painter are brought to life in this videoed performance of tableaux vivants: acting, sculpture and painting together. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIeyulbiB0A For me, this is a giant confirmation of Andrew Graham-Dixon's comments in his lecture (in Edinburgh 2018) that Caravaggio was so immersed in sculpture, that he painted lifelike depictions of real bodies in …

Decluttering gently and naturally

The Internet is itself cluttered with Professional Declutterers -  with videos of fiercely energetic bright-eyed professional Organisers who produce rigid programmes of Decluttering which suit their own list-driven, cool and emotionless Purges.  They are usually shown on video solo, in their strictly minimalist homes (with the emphasis on 'list') and have barely concealed contempt and pity …

Cecil Collins: painting angels and fools

Cecil Collins combines sombre, serious tones of voice and paint with beautiful and occasionally joyful images and words, in this rather melancholic but thoughtful documentary "One pair of eyes".  In particular, he paints angels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTsocgoLriI "What my painting really is: a response to the miracle, wonder and the mystery of life" This documentary is fascinating …