The glorious state of Virginia is replete with awesome natural phenomena, including of course, its wondrous countryside. On a recent visit there to hang out with siblings, I saw things in the aforementioned phenomena — fabric and fashion things. Yup, that’s me – I tend to equate wondrous, visceral experiences with things like sewing, fabric and fashion. I’m kind of shallow that way. For me, all those shallow things evoke emotional responses. Does sewing, fashion and fabulous fabric find you in an other worldly state?
Take a look and tell me what you see in these images. Please excuse the fuzziness in certain pictures – blame the iPhone. The good pictures were shot by my family:
1. The awesome Luray Caverns in Virginia yielded the most enriching experience ever. I saw draped, diaphanous fabric in rock formations created by movements of natural spring water over the centuries. I saw fringe, and I saw button-like formations. The formation on the right looks more like a fried egg, though – sunny side up. There are more (probably better) images and information about the Luray Caverns online. And… there is a cavern organ which plays music! Well, the stalactites play the music when prodded by a mechanism at the right intervals. Might I add that the caverns are privately owned.
2. The flora (and fauna) in the celebrated Virginia countryside yielded carpets of wildflowers, including the gorgeous Queen Anne’s Lace. The name says it all – it truly evokes images of beautiful, delicate lace. I got a sudden urge to go buy some pretty white lace. I don’t see many Queen Anne’s Lace in my area, unless someone has planted them in their garden.
3. My brother and sis-in-law have this natural white coral sitting on their shelf. At first glance I thought silk flowers were used in the arrangement. But no! This was a whole natural coral piece! Wow.
4. Back to Texas — last year, after excessive rains, these mushrooms sprouted in my front yard. I had never ever seen mushrooms like these – anywhere. The white one at left sprouted inside a flower pot. Was I crazy, or does this not look like an haute couture, diaphanous, pleated skirt? The middle mushroom looks like a bouffant, balloon skirt. The yellow/pink mushroom sprouted in the grass, and did not remind me of any fabric but it did bring to mind some childhood fairy tales with “fairy” mushroom illustrations in vivid colors.
I used to pooh-pooh fashion designers’ claims that their work was inspired by nature — I think I should stop pooh-poohing now. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think I’ve been around fabric for too long? Do you see sewing stuff in natural elements?
May the sewing gods be with you….