~ Further up the Heliographic Tree ~

((I love exploring new art forms. Recently, I learned about Heliographic Art or Sun Painting. “Sun Painting or Heliographic Art is a process whereby certain fabric paints are applied to fabric and while still wet, objects like stencils, leafs, feathers etc are placed onto the wet fabric. It is then placed in the sun. the outlines of the objects are transferred to the fabric. Setacolor Fabric Paint is what we recommend, the Transparent colors only.Here is a site which shows a pretty simple step-by-step, and below is another example of an artist’s fantastic work (Franki Kohler). I might have to try it. I have allll these great ideas! 🙂 In the meantime, I was going through some older poems and came across this one. The title was created before I knew about the art-form, and the subject matter is a bit different, but it still fits, I think. Enjoy!))

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Woodwardia Fern 1 by Franki Kohler

Woodwardia Fern 1 by Franki Kohler

That wheel of Time, that line of lives,
The thoughts that pause our countless sighs,
The waves that radiate from center,
Student of the Universe, as my mentor.
Such brave, new worlds of sights unseen,
Tomorrow’s light is tonight’s deep dream,
And hypnotized by mundane Malkuth,
We forget to breathe, in the fervor of youth.
Remembering brings us back to now,
And focuses the point of passion’s plow.
Furrowed in the rich soil of purified blood,
Grown in reflections of Id’s Yesod.
None of us know where the mountaintop lies,
Yet, we all find our Path, when we “see” without eyes.
Sensed surrender, guided thoughts we must keep,
And still, this world’s beauty keeps this mind asleep…
~ C.L.R. ~ © 2008

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About dragonkatet

Regarding the blog name, Dragon’s Dreams ~ The name comes from my love-affairs with both Dragons and Dreams (capital Ds). It’s another extension of who I am, a facet for expression; a place and way to reach other like-minded, creative individuals. I post poetry and images that fascinate or move me, because that’s my favorite way to view the world. I post about things important to me and the world in which we live, try to champion extra important political, societal and environmental issues, etc. Sometimes I wax philosophical, because it’s also a place where I always seem to learn about myself, too, by interacting with some of the brightest minds, souls and hearts out there. It’s all about ‘connection(s)’ and I don’t mean “net-working” with people for personal gain, but rather, the expansion of the 4 L’s: Light, Love, Laughter, Learning.
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13 Responses to ~ Further up the Heliographic Tree ~

  1. Very interesting Corina, I haven’t heard about this kind of art. But then … there are so many talented people with so many great ideas, one just need to constantly explore the world of the muses. And yes, I think the poem fits perfect with the art. Tomorrow’s light is tonight’s deep dream … I’m in love with this line! The beauty of your words keeps my mind with a smile 🙂

  2. Franki Kohler says:

    I warn you: You have come upon something that is completely addictive! Have fun with it. I’ve been doing sun prints and cyanotype prints for years with no end in sight.

  3. eebrinker says:

    beautiful write there …. (pun intended) 🙂 and i think i’ve done that sort of crafts product on paper before …. but neater idea to do it with cloth.

    • dragonkatet says:

      Thank you, E. 🙂 Yes, this sounds like an excellent winter project to keep me busy (well, busier, anyway). I’ll be stopping by your place soon – have seen all of the titles in my inbox but am just now getting around to catching up with all of them!

  4. Victoria says:

    dragonkat, the art from sounds so fun, and the poem screamed blessings, hovering at the base of the Tree. Thoughtful interweaving of Kabbalah.

    • dragonkatet says:

      Thank you, Victoria! I didn’t know how much sense it would make to those who have no knowledge of it, but I am glad to see that there are people out there who recognize the references. 🙂 I agree that the art form sounds like a lot of fun. I think it is going to be my winter project this year.

  5. Bodhirose says:

    I learned about this art form long ago–I think you can even buy kits whereby you can make sun prints like the one you show. I love this organic form when using leaves, branches, feathers, rocks, etc.

    Your poem is wonderful–truly awesome and speaks to my inner being. Hope all is well with you.

    Gayle xo

    • dragonkatet says:

      Ohhh I may have to see if there are kits somewhere around here – might make it easier. Thanks for the kind words and I’m glad to see you back! Hope you had a great trip. 🙂 Will be stopping by your blog soon to see the wonderful new things you’ve put there!

      • Bodhirose says:

        The sunprint kits use special photo paper instead of the fabric that you used here. Either way they are very cool I think. Google “Sunprints” and see what pops up.

        I haven’t written a whole lot since I’ve been back–one sister is still here visiting.

  6. dragonkatet says:

    Oh cool. The print above isn’t one that I did, though, it’s from an artist named Franki Kohler, but I think I would rather use the fabric, too and maybe make some ‘wearable’ art! Nice that you still have visitors.

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