A few weekends ago, my sister
hosted a going away dinner
for our sons before they
headed to college,
and these are pieces
I created for my
son and hers.
This leather topped chair is a recent gift from my younger newly licensed son
who rescued it curbside. I love it not just because of its age and texture,
but because my son knew it was perfect for me.
These mixed media on canvas pieces
are ‘meditational collages,’
and each layer holds meaning.
The golden windmill-y embellishments
are vintage earrings I altered.
Both of the boys excel at English,
and these are a nod to Shakespeare,
literature, and all things academic.
A simple muslin bag was attached
to the canvas with velcro and
contains three treasures.
A vintage sterling band to save
as a family heirloom,
a vintage ring,
and a heart stone.
This is the family bond layer.
The last layer is a spiritual one.
A meditational thought (varied for each)
layered on leather.
The leather was taken from a jacket
of a beloved friend
who was a grandpa to both
of these college boys.
In his younger years,
he sang with the group
Rufus (before Chaka Khan).
We lost him in October,
and because he was extremely fashionable
and an artist, he left miles of wardrobe.
Several art pieces were created for
family incorporating bits of this
coat (there are many more coats!).
Seeing, touching, and sharing the soft leather that
warmed our grandfather-friend
helps us heal a little.
I am missing my son already.
It’s his second year of college,
but this house is just not home
without him…parting gifts
are my least favorite
creations to make.
I know you understand.
So thanks for listening.
Peace to you right where you are.