Working Together

"We shape our self
to fit this world

and by the world
are shaped again..."

Excerpt from "Working Together" © David Whyte
in The House of Belonging

Many Rivers Press

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Gown of Fea the Soul Weaver

It is with great pride that I share with you my daughter-in-law, Meredith's, latest completed undergraduate research project, the Gown of Fea Soul Weaver. We read:

Down from the hilltop, Fea raced out into the middle of the battlefield and began gathering up the souls of the stricken warriors. She collected as many as she could hold in her hands, but it was not enough. She pulled up the hem of her gown to pool more of the spirits into the folds of her dress. More and more she added but there was not enough room to hold them all. Hundreds of stricken souls were still left within the grasp of Bilé. As soon as Bilé approached the souls, they would give into the agony of the poison and relinquish themselves to the god's embrace. Dian Cecht could not reach the poisoned fast enough to offer an alternative to death, and Fea was desperate to gather more of the poisoned souls and ward way the god of the dead. Needing a way to bind more of the spirits to her, Fea turned to the skills of her craft. One by one, she began to manipulate the essence from each of the souls, winding them into threads fine enough to weave into the fabric of her dress. Beginning at the hem, Fea's deft hands began filling the cloth with the mystical substance. Inch by inch she slowly maneuvered through the carnage, finding the worst of the injured and binding the individuals' soul to the fibers of the fabric. As she worked, the surface of Fea's gown began to fill with a swirling mass of spirits. Fea's weaving had already reached her knees when Dian Cecht recognized what she was doing and began directing his healers to work towards her. Heavily laden with the spiritual tapestry, Fea continued thread by thread to harness each soul, keeping them safely from Bilé's reach.
We have the privilege of following step by step, Meredith's process in making this gown from her first inspiring images to the choosing of materials and on through to the finished garment. I think it is fairly obvious that she was quite moved by this story and certainly put the best of her creative self into the creation of this piece.

If I were to create a daughter of my own, I could not create a daughter finer than Meredith who is as kind and creative as she is beautiful in heart and soul....and I couldn't be more proud when I see what she is sharing with the world.

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