Late December greetings! Here we are, still on the winding path, with the last post in A Walk Through The Universe for 2010! I'm happy to continue the contemplation of the vessel with words and images from Louise Thompson, a New Zealand artist. Louise has a delightful etsy shop, Bibliographica, which I came across some time ago. I was struck by the beautiful journals, but also by the jewel-like vessels that contained them, as well as her etheral photographic pieces. Louise has shared a few of her thoughts, along with a few images and relevant links for each. Links for her shop, blog, flickr follow at the end.
Thoughts on the Vessel
First and foremost, a journal is a place to express. Somewhere safe, to let the mind run free, boundaries only limited to the cover; the imagination paramount. Open, it is a boundless sky…the universe, a realized dream, a deep vast sea. It respects the scratch of the pen & listens; providing questions & answers.
It is therefore a vessel… a container of thought, a reliquary. It is a mind keeper, protector, friend & mentor. It is both the ego and the oneness of all things. Some days it is loved more than others, but always will it be returned to; by a pen in hand.
And after a while, the vessel speaks. It tells stories, shapes futures and opens doors while closing others.
As a child I loved wooden Russian dolls…with their differing sizes, each lived inside the other. At finding the smallest; I grew puzzled, for there was a tiny space inside, but empty… what was I going to put in there?
Is it our expectation, to fill a void - to make a vessel out it?
When I came across my little trinket boxes and treasure chests, all I saw in them were tiny little journals. This way, each can become the other as much as something in itself.