Vibrant light: Weekly Photo Challenge

Vibrant colours capture the light. Even on a rainy day, Poinciana blossoms shine.IMG_1089

Nature does a good job of using vibrant colours to light up this dark cassowary.

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We humans can do that too, working long hours into the night to finish a project.

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The Peruvian Arpillera, below, is a women’s traditional handicraft, a wall-hanging which tells a story using everyday fabrics appliqued onto a burlap backing . This one was in a display of thread work at the Linnwood Library, Seattle.

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One Peruvian Artist, Eleodora Salvatierra, who has made many Arpillera, said, “Every colourful thread I use transmits the reality of my community and my people.”

In 1974, in Pinochet’s Chile, an ‘Arpillera Movement‘ was begun by the mothers of missing children. They needed help and to let the outside world know what had happened. For 17 years these women created images, sometimes with an additional handwritten message, of what they knew about Human Rights abuses, and the disappearance of their children. Made by the poor, who had no electricity, they had to sew in the early dawn light. Some used the fabric from the clothes left behind. A branch of the Chilean Church, the Vicariate of Solidarity, offered to help and mailed completed works overseas in packets of 4 or 5. Amnesty International then became involved. Some mothers haven’t given up hope. They still wait for news. (For more of this story, click green highlighted words)

[See also the preceding post, reblogged from Cachando Chile with more illustrations of the Arpilleras.]

Does the creative intention of the work help make it more vibrant? Is it the emotional story behind it? Does it depend on who’s on the receiving end?

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Not only does Canadian Del Barber sing up a storm, he also tells (and sings) great stories. He blew me away when I saw him on the stage at The Woodford Folk Festival. No fancy shirt, just an entertaining solo performance – definitely an unforgettable, vibrant set.

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So we can see and hear what ‘vibrant’ is. What’s it like to ‘be’ vibrant?

This solitary, early morning mushroom seems to glow against the dark ground. It came up overnight, after rain … and it’s still growing. Hmm … glowing and growing?

Click here to see others’ interpretations of the idea “Vibrant

All text and photos by Meg

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Celebrate Your Way

For some reason, fireworks signal celebrations,  especially at this time of year. There are other ways to celebrate, that don’t send $000s up in smoke – each of them our own, in our particular time and place. Here are some I’ve seen or been part of, and of course there’s a story to accompany each one.

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Stand on a stone and hold something up high. People will notice.

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Put flags out.

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Bake some bites and invite people over for afternoon tea.

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Give someone you love a big hug.

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Light a candle. (It doesn’t have to be this big.)

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Share a meal with people who love telling stories – that feeling can last for years!

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Dance in the park with whoever requests the pleasure.

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Plant seeds and watch them grow.

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Tell a funny story, then sing your song.

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Get dressed up in full regalia.

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Let people know you’re here. You made it! Let the fun begin.

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And remember, take a photo of your unique creations,  as well as events.

Cherish every one.

Have a Happy New Year, your way.

All text and photos © Meg Philp except No. 6 from N.Baltuck and No. 12  from L. Dowding

Story Twigs …! by Meg Philp is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.