When it comes to clothes, Jesus tells us not to worry, as even the lilies in the field in their short-lived robes are more glorious than a kings garments. Just so, they are.
The bit about worrying gets a new meaning in our part of the world though. I still never have been cold, naked or dressed in rags from pure need. Still, in our abundance, we tend to worry.
Not about having something to wear, but about what our outfit signalize to the world around us. As we are part of a material world what we do, and how we look do signalize something, if we want it to or not. As any other way of being, what we do, what we say, how we use our resources and talents, how we dress signals values. It is not only as in how I use money, but in what my appearance tells others of how I regard them, and myself.
I like my clothes to do what Jesus said, look at the lilies, or the birds, or the fish, the sky, the water. I like to listen to the rustle of fresh tulips or brittle eucalyptus, I like to understand how the design of a flower is created both to be beautiful and practical. I love to learn how the fur of my dog keeps him warm and dries quickly when he has been swimming. In short, I love to create, buy, find and use clothes that are beautiful, practical and comfortable. I like my clothes to tell the world that as a human, I am one of God’s creations made to create, work, comfort, love and enjoy.
So there are clothes for serving, for spreading love and cheer.
There are clothes for working.
There are clothes made for exploring and enjoying the world, and what could inspire more than the colors of a norwegian mountain in fall?
I do not like to blend in, as I believe every one of us deserves to be seen, to be useful and to recognize the special talents and calling that each of us has.
I like structure, texture and workmanship that matches what I am planning to do!
I once made this quilt, describing how I sometimes feel like an ice bird together with tropical beauties, as what I love, do not always show on the outside.
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What a lovely, feel-good post, Solveig! I go through phases: sometimes I love clothes, sometimes I forget about them and just put anything on. I love your take and these beautiful pictures: most of all, I love the quilt. What a beautiful creation.
Thanks a lot Kate! Thanks for commenting on the quilt also! Even if photography and writing both are personal, I always am a bit shy to share artwork!
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