aaaaaaah the art of quilting.....
Over from the other Micheles today..
I usually just come on my own....
Boy, there's a lot here, but I read and enjoyed every word.
I have a quilt that my Mama and her mother made together when my mother was pregnant with her first child. (My sister Mary.) While Mary was dying, she gave the quilt to me. Every child and grandchild in our family has slept under it in their turn. It was always returned to Mary of course. Now it is mine. (I was the baby of the family.)
Mary herself made beautiful quilts. Two of my three daughters and I took lessons together, and made some quilts. Mary couldn't understand why we would BUY material to make quilts. Quilts are "supposed to be something from nothing," she said. I have pieced tops that Mary and my father's mother pieced, but never got around to quilting. *sigh*
Looks as if I won't get around to doing the actual quilting either. But the pieced tops have fabic from dresses that I remember.
Old Lady, you've got CLASS. The more I learn about you, the more I like and respect you. Wow.
It would be something to figure out how many people those two women inspired not just in the arts community, but outside of it as well. I think anyone my age or older has heard of them, knows their contribution to the arts--which really does go beyond "entertainment"--and I'm better younger people also have at least a vague notion of who they were.
Funny, though, I never made the name connection and did not know Agnes de Mille was related to Cecil B. De Mille...
Here via Michele's again :)
hey Naomi. Was thinking of you and thought I'd pop on over to see how you are doing. I'm glad I did. My mom and my grandma are (and were) big quilters. I have several lovely pieces made by them both. While I can't profess to have their skills, I certainly have enjoyed their art!
I'm off now, to go find one of these quilts and have a snuggle. Thanks for the great post. As always.
There's an interesting dichotomy here, Naomi. The quote is wonderful for an artist--but more analytical pursuits tend to regard reproducible results as the acme of achievement. Squelching the random entrance of individual variation--quite a contrast to the view and ambitions of the artist. Something to think on, I guess.
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What a beautiful tribute! I read this quote some time ago, but couldn't recall where and lost it. I am so glad to have found it here! As an artist, it truly helps to make the path seem worth the struggles! What a rich experience for you to have! I loved reading this...thank you:)
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This is SO cool.......
Sort of 'To thine own self be true'....
Took me years to learn to stand up and be me :-)
Thank you Naomi - and keep spreading the message....
Michele sent me but I come every day anyway :-)
ps - the quote from the film is by the Genie in Disney's Aladdin :-)
I have always loved Martha Graham, but never read that quote. Love the quilts, too...especially the bottom one!
Here via michele, but I don't need to be!
I was bought up more in the tradition of "classic" ballet so it took a long time for me to appreciate Miss Grahams style and contribution ( I am embarassed to say lol)
Also just a reminder while I am hereAuditions
I want that quilt! I wish I could read the note you copied the quote on. Martha Graham was marvelous. I have seen lots of photos of her and I am amazed at the positions she had achieved. Fluidity is the word I use for her movements.
Your words teach me that an artist's accountability is not only to create, but to inspire. And that inspiration is open-ended: it has power long after those who initiated it have passed on.
I'm with Mamacita: the more I read, the more I want to know about the amazing and inspirational experiences you have had.
Part of me wishes I could have witnessed them. Then I realize that in reading you, I already have.
i am here via michele but just as i arrived my children took to beating one another with toys. i really want to read this and so will return once they are in bed.
Man, that second quilt is gorgeous.
My mother once told me that Martha Graham was the epitome of human sculpture. I have never forgotten that, because it sounded so mysterious and ethereal as a kid.
Nice post, as usual. You are the master and remembering the theatrical past. I wish you would write a book about it with all your memoirs.
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Thank you for sharing the quote with us today. It is a wonderful reminder to many of us need.
Stopping in by way of Michele's tonight.
You know it has been only in the last few years that I have stood up and been strong enough to be me, true to myself....I so love what you wrote. That quote is amazing as I am sure the woman who said it was too.
You always inspire me, thank you my friend!
Who knows, maybe next time hubby heads out to LA on business I can tag along and we can "do lunch!" ;o)
Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love the quote, too - so inspirational. And as a quilter and theatre major, I loved the rest of your post.
What a wonderful piece. I wish that I had come across the Martha Graham quote when I was much younger. In fact, this is the first time I ever read it. It isn't the kind of message sent to the youth of America, sadly. Here in the North Jersey suburbs, this sort of thing is virtually frowned upon.
It's great to read about the creative camaraderie of artists. I've had that at times. Right now, there aren't many like-minded people around. At least I haven't hooked up with them. Isolation is not a good thing. But it does give you time to work with that individual voice that you are responsible for. I like the idea of responsibility to one's self as an artist in Graham's quote.
It's good that you share this quote with up and comers. I'm sure it's made a difference.
Beautiful post as always...thank you for that quote. It came at a very appropriate time. :)
I took a dance class in college from a guy that had trained in Martha Graham's company though I'm sure she was out of the picture by then. But maybe not. The fellow wasn't all that young at the time and it was 25 years ago when I took the class...
Anyway, she's certainly left quite a legacy and your quote from her is just one little piece though it certainly exudes her dedication to self expression.
Michele sent me!
I can see why you've had that quote in your daily site for so many years. It is very powerful & profound. Thank you for the tribute to two remarkable woman. You are really an amazing story teller.
Thank you for sharing..
The quote is inspiring.
Ive never heard fo the play but it is certainly interesting and wow to be a part of it! Even if the role is the role of inspiration.. What an honor!
Here via Micheles tonight and also because of your visit to my blog.. Thanks for the congrats on there!
Hello from Michele's!
hiya - from michele
Thanks for your comments on my blog! I was glad to see you stop by again!
You know, whenever I read your posts, the 1st thing I want to say is: WOW!
But I must get beyond that word, LOL. I wanted to say WOW, not only because this was such a touching story, but because I was going to highlight the part of her quote that really struck my soul & oddly enough (it shouldn't come as odd anymore) it was exactly the part that you chose to reprint! About us being unique & we're the only us this world would ever have.
But this is kinda how our relationship is, huh Naomi? It's almost like, at times, we can finish each other's thoughts. Well, at least you can mine.
Thank you for sharing this & those quilts are so beautiful.
It's me, back again via Michele :-)
Love the pictures on this post, Naomi :-D
i am finally back and very glad i returned. that was a wonderful read. thank you.
Naomi, you're one of those people that I want to sit down with over coffee and just listen to ALL of your stories. You have the most amazing ones, and I know that stories you share with us here are probably just the tip of the ice burg. Thank you for being here and sharing with us!!
A very articulate post that was most enjoyable.
Michele sent me this way. Today is my 1st Blogaversary. Hope you'll drop in.
An amazing quote that goes further beyond the subject for which it was written. Great post
I did not the story of Lloyd Riglar, how interesting! My hubby is a huge classical music fan and I have learned to appreciate it. The stories you share are wonderful to read!
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That quote was fantastic and I truly agree with every word.
That quote was fantastic and I truly agree with every word.
Sounds like a good time and a truly inspirational woman! ~ jb///
I learn alot each time I come here! Thank you.
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[stands up straight and 'projects']
'I was directed here by Wendywings...!'
How cool is that Winged Person??
Hi Naomi :-)
the aging of inspiration tests us all as to the character of our selves.
Michele sent me, today.
Have you ever considered a career as a motivational counselor? I loved the whole post, thank you for sharing!
Here from Michele's, today!
I love quilts! You blog is so interesting! Stopping by today via Wendys.
Oh Wow what an inspiring post. I loved reading it and too love the quilt.
Thanks for visiting me tonight. It has been fun playing that game at Wendy's this evening. It is a bank holiday (public holiday) in the UK so we get Monday off. I can therefore stay up late tonight :)
look after yourself. Feel free to visit th ducks any time.
oh and the shredder episode is going to be discussed!!! ;)
What an amazing woman Betty seems to have been. How fortunate to have been in her circle of friends. I'm imagining your friends feel the same way about you. Here via Michele (again) ;-)
What a lovely post. I will come back and let my Nyssa read it, after exams are over. It is a great lesson for all of us.
I hope they decided to publish their diary so all could enjoy and be inspired.
Here from Michele this time.
Such a wonderful post!
I'm here via Wendy's. :)
Thanks for a look at a world very different from mine, but that somehow reminds me of why I live the way I do. Lovely!
Here from Michele, hello!
Good to see you again! Wendy directed me here.
Michele sent me tonight, but you know i'd be here anyhow....=)
I was thinking of ou earlier tonight. PBS was playing a rendition of South Pacific with Reba MacIntyre and Alec Baldwin and a whole bunch of other actors that were familiar but I never got to see the cast list. It was unusual in that it appeared to be in Lincoln Center, there were no sets, only some 'costumes' but not really costumes, and all the polynesians were black. But OTHERWISE, it was fun to sing along and just try to remember what the sets looked like when I saw it on Broadway as a kid. Or at least recall the movie. I loved that movie.
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Beautiful post Naomi. Like I said before, you are a wealth of knowledge!
I love quilts and that log cabin one pictured is awesome!
What an inspiring post, Naomi. You have the most amazing stories and experiences. I wish you would write a book about your memories. Would be great! The quote is inspiring. Love the quilt, too.
Last but not least, I have a desire: hear your voice singing. Where can I buy your CD?
I'm glad to have found your rich and inspiring blog these many years after this post. As it is Martha Graham's birthday, I found your post. So glad her words and dance is living on in all of us.
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