Now that your children have grown and are on their own
You are free to live from the wisdom of your soul.
Now that your children have grown and are on their own
You are free to live from the wisdom of your soul.
Of course, green is what is needed.
It is the color of balance and self-reliance.
The essence of your body is
the ever flowing river
the ever winding road
movement and rhythm
an idea, constantly evolving
a cloud full of energy, swirling
Let your soul skin cloak be the art you wear, your guide.
As you bloom
Access your deepest resource
Sit in your garden regularly
Let your blooming be an inspiration
And continuous revelation
Refashion your purpose in life
Refashion your lifestyle
is where your new growth takes place.
Your body knows what's good for you.
Listen. Seize her wisdom.
Know when to walk away
Stay focused on your amazing creative journey
Walking in the woods yesterday, I saw the same brown I am dyeing for a mother of the bride statement kimono and tank dress. It was in the leaves left over from last fall; deep, rich, rusty, copper, with a touch of dark forest green.
Even though the leaves came from last fall, now aged into late spring, they held their vibrancy. Who would think that the colors of spring would include the age of fall? Clearly, every color can be found any season.
How did I get on my color path, my artful path, my path of self expression?
I let go.
One day when I was on my lunch hour from my first office job, I was drawn into a store that sold a more expensive line of clothing than I was inclined to buy. I was 20. I was a Sears or JC Penney girl. It was a risky step. I decided that I would try on pants and blouses that were bright and brilliant. The pants were orange and fuchsia. They were each paired with a floral blouse. They were not the bright and brilliant colors of summer. They were subtly toned, as the leaves are when they slowly change. Not my usual choice. I gazed in the mirror and said to myself, “I hate this. This is not me.” I have strong opinions. I bought it, anyway. I was tired of buying the same styles and colors over and over. I wanted to feel what it was like to wear something different. A relatively safe risk.
My dad loved it. I never thought of him as a stylish person, in his USAF uniform or week end overalls. In hindsight, as I peer into his old black and white photographs, I discover he had a very strong since of composition. His was not the only compliment I received. This began my journey, not only of exploring colors, also in taking risks with self expression.
You can wear any color, dare I be so bold to say. It’s not about what looks good on you, it’s about what makes you feel wonderful. You are part of nature. All colors are part of nature. Find yourself in the rainbow, it is very large, full and forgiving, as you are. It’s not that you can’t wear part of the rainbow at anytime, its that some parts have blended and rearranged so the derivative is no longer recognizable.
In order to determine your place in the rainbow, remember your favorite season. Find it by listening to your body. To which season are you most drawn? Listen to your friends and their compliments. Write it all down. Are you spring where the colors are soft, or summer, where the colors are bright, bold, and brilliant? Are you sometimes a little of both? Getting to know your self through color is an exciting journey you are now ready to embark upon.
Are you most present in the toned leaves of fall and their bright counterpart, jewels against the sky? Are you in your element in the deep rich and luscious shades of winter, the spruce, and burgundy? All these seasons come and go as you do. You know what you like. What feels good.
Let’s begin with your favorite season, where memories have lived the fullest. Coffee, chocolate, semi sweet, bitter or milky? It’s the season you are drawn to that will determine your palette. How to choose your palette? Ask, what do I like? Then break it down.
Let me start with brown. Deep dark, aged, fall leave brown. Browns emerge from all color. The brown I am seeking now emerges from yellow and purple, her compliment. Purple and yellow are buried in my new found brown. They create copper and rust. As the exploration continues, many colors will appear. And they will be your colors, ready to mix and match and enjoy. They will tell a story. They will tell your story.
You can wear any color. It’s easy. Nature has already begun to cleanse your canvas when she added grey to your hair. If you choose color to you hair, are you more drawn to yellow or blue? If you have highlights, are they gold or ash.
Shall we collaborate? Just tell me what you feel. This is how you will tell me who you are. What do you like? How tall are you? How full are your hips? What are the colors of your skin, your eyes, your hair, (is it dyed or natural)? The answer to these questions are the beginning of designing your personal, art to wear, composition.
Thank you, Kentucky Arts Council for taking the time to organize a gallery market for Kentucky artist to make our beautiful art available to all the amazing people that will be in Lexington for the Breeder's Cup.
I am honored to have been invited. This lovely shibori dyed velvet devore shoulder shawl is one of the pieces I am taking to the gallery tomorrow.
Documenting is important. And sometimes it has to be with our own camera or phone. Mannequins are nice, but nothing like having a model. Last week in M S Rezny's studio, Rupel Patel was an exquisite model bringing my newest designs to life. Mary captured the movement, rhythm and depth of each piece. I'm anxious to create more of these Eco Toppers. However, they are part of a long process. First I have to felt more merino. Then shibori dye it. Then create a new design. And then I will have the remnants I need to felt on top black wool and line with black crepe. It's important that I remember my art is all part of a process that shapes itself by materials at hand, cannot be rushed and no step can be missed.
The art is in the palette. After considering what colors to use when shibori dyeing felted silk and merino fabric and then creating a design, there are always pieces left over. They look beautiful as they lay in a pile or are scattered about. Collected they become elements to lay on top of 44x80 Kentucky wool batting and felted on the FeltLOOM. Hence, no waste. Everything is used and because all the thought went into creating the palette, each new piece of art is equally beautiful.
I posted this image on FB and a friend replied that she liked the Mad Max Glam look. Yes. It makes a strong bold statement. When worn, there is no subtly here about who you are or where you are going.
There's nothing like that last moment of anticipation when you are removing pins and trimming off excess fabric before turning your new piece right side out so that you can see what you have created. It's these moments that keep me creating, that speak to me and say, let's do it again, and I begin to search for more materials.
Laverne Zabielski, artist, designer and writer, studied fiber art with Arturo Alonzo Sandavol at
the University of Kentucky, Lexington and received her
MFA in writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky.
PRAISE FOR LAVERNE
"Everything about your email newsletter gave me a lift. It makes me happy and gives me hope for our world knowing people like you are living and creating beauty and sharing what you know."
"I rekindled my interest in journaling after attending your writers' retreat. Your wisdom that emotions can only be transcribed by personal reflections sank deeply with me."
"What a beautiful gift of silk! Even more than the gift, I loved the note card and the note itself! I’ve reread it several times! Thank you thank you thank you!"
"What an incredible, mouth dropping open, delightful surprise I got in the mail. When I opened it in the lovely wrapped tissue, with even a shiny cord around that, I was tickled, with a one sided Popeye squint. The scarf is luxuriously lovely. The colors are Perfect. The rich deep brilliance of the blues make me smile all the way from inside. And the purple always feels royal to me."
" I so appreciate your insights on us women who can dress and lead a beautiful fufilling life after 70. I love my life now. It is free, open, enchanting, beautiful, and each blessed morning is a grand delight."
"As always, I think your work is stunning, beautiful, full of life, spirit, soul and united with the universe. These new botanical prints are just that. United to the universe."
"Thank you Laverne - the workshop was great and I have lots of thoughts and ideas about future ambitions on the FeltLoom. It was so much fun, the time just slipped away and you were a real inspiration for discovery and process."
"I feel wonderful and special each time I wear your art."
"Not only are you; a true inspiration and love your philosophy, but your work is stunning! Keep it up! Go girl go!"
"Thanks for making me feel young and lovely!"
“Your beautiful scarf arrived and it some of your best work. It truly is magic. I am proud of you and delighted to have had a front row seat in observing your metamorphic evolution as a fabric artist. Laverne, you truly astound me.”
“Thank you for the very personal journal. It arrived at a time most needed as transcendental things often due. We all have work to do, if we are alive and growing and your inspiration continues to help me peel my onion.”
"Your color palette is unmatched by anyone and your passion and spirit means a great deal to me. I feel ablessed to have something worked by your hands and heart. I am by no means a beauty queen, but your work makes me feel lovely and wonderful. You may receive expressions of gratitude but maybe not as heartfelt as this... Thank you so much for your time and energy."
"I love your words and writings as much as I adore your clothing.......You are a rare raven...spreading your wings and embracing creative flair as you travel thru the Universe."
"I want to thank you for the compliments I received when I wore the scarf I purchased at the fashion show event. I went to a meeting in Louisville and at least six people came up to me to comment on my beautiful scarf. The work you do is amazing and I appreciate the attention it brings to the wearer! Thanks Laverne!"
"This past Saturday, I wore the floral jacket I got from you a few years ago, to a Gala. It was gorgeous! It was just the right touch to my long black dress. Thank you for making me feel like a “hit” at such a joyous occasion. I truly enjoyed wearing your art to this fancy, black tie event."
“Having an interest in felt after dappling in wet and nuno felting, I took two FeltLoom classes under the guidance of Laverne Zabielski. Inspired, I also have completed the Sibori dying class. More than a teacher, Laverne Zabielski mentors and guides her students through art theory and color theory while demonstrating the process of the art form she is teaching.
“Laverne’s teaching methods are based upon sound educational pedagogy, demonstrating, explaining, and collaborating. After displaying examples of FeltLoom products and listening to her students, Laverne introduced some wool rovings, silk, and ribbon embellishments that could be incorporated into the silk and wool batting scarf that would be created in the beginning FeltLoom class. Reminding students of the color wheel and simple art theory concepts to help guide us in designing our pieces.
“I left my first class with Laverne, inspired and empowered, believing in myself as a creator of art.
“Since the first class, with guidance from Laverne and the magic of the FeltLoom, I’ve made a shawl and then repurposed nuno felting scarves, I completed a 4’ x 6’ wall hanging. I’m looking forward to expanding my Sibori dying abilities. Laverne Zabielski is unique, being a creative, skilled artist and teacher.” —Peggy W.