Gazanias and gifts

“The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it, and in understanding something, we bring something to it. Doesn’t that make life a story?” – Yann Martel

I watched a YouTube clip of Jordan Peterson the other day. In it he explains that all things are essentially ‘matter’, but, he goes on to explain that it is ‘how’ they matter that makes them real to us. The ‘how’ and the ‘why’ gives meaning to them and makes them a part of our story, our history. It is how we understand that matters and brings ‘matter’ to life.

I received a rather special and surprising gift a few days ago. Actually, it was a collection of gifts – as well as a pretty potted Gazania. Each of the gifts, as well as the Gazania, had been carefully and meaningfully selected. Some items, unless one knew the story behind the selection, would seem ordinary enough to any one else. Yet, especially for me, each gift had been chosen or exquisitely crafted by hand, with the utmost care and attention to detail. Each had played a part in my ‘story’ and were items that had appeared in my blog posts over the months, right down to the yellow potted Gazania.

There was so much more being offered here than just the physical gift. This was the gift of deep attention. A gift that said ” I see you”.

And so, in honoring the thread of the gifts in this story, I have decided to use the Gazania as a design for my Nyoni art range. I spent part of the morning happily drawing my ‘daisy in the dust’. This I will trace onto a transfer which will be used to screen print many daisy’s onto our South African cotton Shwe shwe fabric. These will then be but cut and sewn into cosmetic bags.. The result of that will have to be blogged about in a second installment of this story.

A tribute to a deeply thoughtful gift, a “thank you, I see you too”.

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