I am thrilled to pieces Lorraine Turner's latest collection, Migration, has arrived!! As an animal lover (and parrot owner), these fabrics spoke to me as soon as I saw them. Birds in flight, footprints, the monarch butterfly. . .sigh. . .and who could resist those wildebeests!!
The best part of all was listening to Lorraine describe her inspiration, and if you haven't done so, I highly recommend. You may view her video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nVqXOiSng0 As soon as it ended, I went to FreeSpirit and claimed inventory!
So many of us are longing for connection--even the most introverted among us like myself--and pandemic or not there are times when humanity just doesn't quite cut it. We seek a spiritual boost, a higher learning or understanding of our presence on the planet. For me, there's nothing quite like time with my "critters." Living with a cockatoo and an eclectus parrot can be quite the adventure--they're loud, demanding even, messy and destructive. The chair railing is ALWAYS more appealing than expensive and colorful wooden toys. . .why is that?!?! That's discussion another day, but the most wondrous thing about my girls is their ability to adapt. Whenever I consider why I tolerate them, I'm reminded they must tolerate ME. I mean, my space is their space. My routine affects theirs. My food choices are theirs, and on and on and on. Regardless, they don't just make the most of it, they THRIVE. They thrive because they're willing to learn my language, and they love me unconditionally all day everyday. Who DOES that?!?!
All major animal groups migrate for some reason or another. Whether it's for food, breeding, a change in habitat/natural disaster or hibernating we ALL do it. Some of us travel far, and some just to the next neighborhood. There's no question, however, for the "critters" this journey is crucial in basic survival. While avian migration is the most familiar phenomenon, insects, fish, reptiles, crustaceans and amphibians travel vast distances every year in gigantic numbers. Imagine the humpback whale swimming 5,000 miles--the longest migratory journey of any mammal on Earth! This mighty creature, as great as 60,000 in number, leaves Antarctica every January headed for Australia. This three month journey to warm waters allows them to mate and then nurture their young.
The monarch butterfly makes 2-way migration like birds. Their fall journey is at great risk, unfortunately, and the monarch census has fallen to the lowest on record. We invite you to participate in Lorraine Turner's Sewing Art Challenge to benefit SaveOurMonarchs.org
We hope you'll travel with us and take the time to discover some of nature's most beautiful journeys. As always, we'd love to see what you make. Post and tag us please!!!! Sharing is sew inspirational ;)