Saturday, January 14, 2012

Pocket Design and Time

This post by Jude Hill got the cognitive wheels turning, and my back brain has been playing with the idea of shape as a form of time.  The initial thought prompts mental images such as the infinity symbol or perhaps Dali’s melting clocks, but mostly it’s an abstract concept that makes a kind of intuitive sense.  I suspect it also depends heavily on association, a factor that is ever-present in story, in image, in life. And in the latter’s case, it seems to be especially relative.

Today’s choice of jeans, for example, was based on the pocket design, which somehow seemed to evoke the idea of shape as time (at least for me). 

The stitching suggests little steps, movement of sorts, though right at this moment, I’m nestled in the eye-shaped space in the center where the two curves meet. Winter is like that, I think ~ an atmospheric time to sink into introspection or contemplation, and to nest. Cleo, my calico gurrrl cat, has the nesting part down to a fine art…

I think the center also feels right because we’ve just switched from one calendar year to another, the space in the man made realm where the old and the new connect. What will this newness bring? Many good things for all of us, I hope.

As for blogging, “Lens and Pen” began as a structured project for 2011, but where will it go in 2012? What shape will it take next? There will be stories, of course, and photos as well, including those that will pop up under the heading of “Random <3, an Irregular Series.” Here’s the first:

And there will probably be rambling posts like this, shaped loosely as words tumble out while the kitties nap and the laundry tosses around in the drier. Sometimes blogs are like that, I guess. And Jude’s post touches upon that, also…

“shape is often the result of continuing.
the record of a path in any direction. captured for the moment.”


  1. Great post, Donna. Jude is such an inspiration. Love the nesting kitty! I sometimes find Pasha curled at the bottom of my pretty tall laundry basket, way down on top of the dirty laundry... He's more of a cave cat than a nester. When he's in a "cave way" he seeks out the back of a closet, the laundry basket or the bottom shelf of a bookcase covered in tapestry. I finally put a blanket in there for him and he loves it!

  2. I love the thought about the stitches being tiny steps in time! I have been nestled in a wintery space too and am just beginning to emerge again blinking into the light ;-) I look forward to more loveliness here in 2012. A very belated happy New Year x

  3. Valerianna ~ "cave way" *grin* I can just picture that! Pasha is well-rounded, getting in some quiet time to balance out his brave forest adventures and tree climbing :~) Yes, Jude's posts are wonderful! I only recently found her blog... it feels simple and rich and entirely authentic all at once.

    Ruthie ~ Happy 2012 to you too and YAY for returning light :~) May you revel in many bright and shiny things this year!