"Ironically, our darkness is also our light. Through our darkness we discover our light, so we do need it. We need it deeply." -Unknown
I recently made a huge post on Facebook after having a mental breaththrough at work after feeling a terrible defeat with one of my costume art projects. This sudden, positive realization was while I was listening to motivational and spiritual speakers, the autoplay button on YouTube keep cycling through different videos, my original search being for music to raise vibrations, I came across a particular one that began to explain excepting the 'shadow self'. I'm not new to the concept that we all have a shadow self and that in order to feel like a whole person you must accept it. It was the way the speaker elaborated upon it that was enlightening. I haven't been able to find the video again but, there are some other great videos explaining The Shadow Self and/or related items:
I'm still struggling with accepting certain things about myself like everyone else, listening to some of these videos is a okay start in the right direction.
Fast Forward to the project later.
I have a friend who just recently completed a 2 month project and it was inspiring at how grand and beautiful their hard work. It inspired me to try to start a new sewing project. This time attempting to add the new foamsmithing skills I've been dabbling in.
I like Valkyries,
I think the story of their lives are tragic, beautiful, sorrowful and a touch lonely.
They remind me of the feeling you get when you think about this line about Neil Gaiman's character Death.
"When the first living thing existed, I was there waiting. When the last living thing dies, my job will be finished. I'll put the chairs on the tables, turn out the lights and lock the universe behind me when I leave."
I wanted to create a Valkyrie dress and add armor to it, a simple, straightforward idea for a project.
However, the other night my mother-in-law was sitting nearby and spying my project. I told her I was looking for a white fabric as I usually do in wanting to make something that looks typically ethereal. In our rummaging of her stacks of fabric we not only ran into a soft creamy ivory fabric but a shiny black material too.
The fabric that I had been working with when she was watching me is a metallic-like material that is see through but, in the light it can change colors. Over the black fabric the shiny sheer material looked green. Over the ivory fabric the shiny sheer material looked pink. This made my mind race. I love running into art, music, writing etc. with a bit of hidden meaning to it. The idea of making Dual Valkyries was born and by accident. A happy, creative accident. I spent 2 hours on my feet, hunched over a table cutting fabric pieces. I've cut out the basic shapes of the bottom skirt.
I'm still brainstorming what to do for the tops and armor. It's all been sort of a small homage to my recent struggle with accepting the shadow parts of myself and a big step towards pushing towards creative goals. I hope it comes together sooner than later.