September Page: Ways of Working/Part 3
I realized after I did the fill-in for the center block that I should have outlined the outer blocks first - trying to bead a straight line along the filled-in edge was trickier than I wanted it to be. But the fill-in for the center came out more beautiful than I expected. I was distracted by the effect it produced (that's my story and I'm sticking to it). The size 15 brass seeds seem to float on the size 11 frosted and opaque blue, and the colors play off of each other to give an impression of softness . . . I do so love the happy accident.
September has always meant 'back to school' to me, no matter how many years it's been since I've walked into a classroom as a student. Each of the gemstone leaves represents a year of formal education, all the little metal leaves represent my more informal, unorthodox episodes of learning. The central figure stands for all my teachers, in school and out, that left such lasting marks on my mind and soul. I've been thinking about all of them, all the stray bits that stuck with me through all the years. The traveling art teacher who convinced us we had "magic hands." My third grade teacher who had all the girls make sun bonnets out of construction paper, because ladies never went hatless into the sunshine.
So many more, so many lessons, so few of which had anything to do with reading, writing or arithmetic; all taken to heart. The title for this month's page is "Sensei," the Japanese word for teacher that carries with it a deep sense of respect and honor.