Today, I was working on a sample piece to show how we can take our simple illustration and replicate it into a fabric wall hanging.
Each student was invited to illustrate their own interpretation of Interbeing – a short passage written by Thich Nhat Hahn from his wonderful book – Peace is Every Step.
Here is an excerpt from the passage: “If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this piece of paper. Without a cloud there will be no water; without water, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, you cannot make paper. So the cloud is in here. The existence of this page is dependent on the existence of a cloud. Paper and cloud are so close……” Thich Nhat Hanh
I read this beautiful passage many moons ago. When I first read the passage, I wept at the beauty and simplicity of its values, its profound message.
Interbeing means that you are part of the whole web of life. You are not isolated and alone. When you become peaceful, happy and solid the world benefits.
The students had learned from our previous workshop that the “Cacao” tree depends upon many other living organisms, such as the birds for seed dispersal, the mother trees to protect the chocolate tree from too much sun and harsh winds, and the Midge to pollinate the tree.
Interbeing is an incredibly powerful passage and I truly believe if all children were exposed to this passage – allowed to grasp its meaning, our world would be a better place.
By learning and understanding and appreciating our interconnectedness – we become more respectful ; mindful; grateful; loving; we become who who we truly are – beautiful; soulful beings full of love and respect and honor for all life – wishing to protect and care for each other ; the natural world, all life; everywhere in the world.
I believe we already know this in our hearts; we are born of love. The Inter-being passage reminds us of our inter-connection, our love.
Begining a wall hanging
I begin with a small piece of fabric, using a pencil I sketch a rough idea of where everything goes, then I go over it with a fine black pen.
I personally wished to have the word Interbeing on my wall hanging so I created a frame encompasing hearts in the four corners then added the word at the bottom with love and peace at the top.
With this project all about the chocolate tree – I drew cacao pods hanging from the tree.
The people are rejoicing at their interconnectedness with the cacao tree, the birds, the sun, the flowers, the earth, the water…all life.
Testing paints and fabrics is all part of the wonderful journey – what works, what doesn’t work – an exploration of colour, texture, form, relationship….
Now that I am happy with the fabric and colours I can proceed to the large piece of fabric.
I can’t wait to see the grade 3, 4 and 5 students illustrations come alive on their piece of fabric, will share next week.
The world is full of love and amazing stories of good, let us rememeber to share the wonderful things that are happening around the world…let us rememeber to celebrate our interconnectedness.
Wishing you all a beautiful and creative week ahead, with love and gratitude on this sacred new day, Marghanita x