Thursday, November 29, 2007
Cultural trends come and go so quickly now (thank you MTV) and the attention span of most folks has sunk to flea-level. One of the most intriguing decorating and/or philosophic trends was Feng Shui. To quote, "Feng Shui is the art of balancing and harmonizing the flow of natural energies in our surroundings to create beneficial effects in our lives." Yawn. I feel better already.
About all I remember from reading about Feng Shui was that a red thread stretched ceiling to floor near the cash register in a retail store was supposed to attract good chi (energy) in the form of cash. Lordie, as a quiltmaker, I've been carrying about thread of many colors for years and have yet to be showered with money! However I did invest in a little book on the subject but haven't cracked it since my friend Mary Frankle just about died laughing when she spied it in the bookshelf at the studio. As she was toting arm loads full of fabric and precious quilt junk during my last studio move, she joyfully shouted the title out loud, "Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui!" and then shrieked, "It didn't work did it?!" Thanks Mare.
In spite of abuse from friends, I did do a piece paying homage to the concept of Feng Shui. The blocks are Tangled Star, a pattern from my Foundation Stars class, and the four black symbols represent air, fire, water, and earth (or maybe it's Larry, Moe, Curly, and Shemp-can't remember.)
written by Pepper Cory