ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! We’ve been quietly staying at home mending, cleaning, eating! and reading for a very long time now! Working on many projects. We got a lot done, not going out. Not seeing people. It has been good – up to a point!
The Kintsugi was easy! Many of my too many broken dishes are now brought back to life beautifully, thanks to a skilled artisan I found, Hirayama san, at Dark Eyes Gallery in Karuizawa who mended them seamlessly. The zabuton floor cushions are nearly all mended – it takes me a very long time! The masks took a little time to figure out which was the best pattern, and how to make them.
But lives are harder to put back together. We weep at the unbelievable tragedies happening in Minneapolis now and around the US, and around the world. Will the wounds ever heal? Will things ever be put right again? We must all do what we can to help mend these deeply broken places.
We got used to the new order of things after a while. Keeping our distance. Not going out to restaurants or museums or movies. We found ways to exercise. But not going outside? No hugs? No BLUE & WHITE ? REALLY? What is life for after all? It’s TO LIVE! So we’d best do as we’re told, and get back to living in a new way. Sensibly, carefully, considerately. Picking up the pieces. Mending them if need be. Then slowly, cautiously going back to life as we once lived it. It may never ever be the same, but let’s give it a go. Try, and see what happens! Softly, gently. Ever careful not to get too close. Avoiding crowded places. Remembering to keep safe at all times. Enough of isolation!
BLUE & WHITE will open quietly, gently, safely on Friday, June 19. We will have hand sanitizers and other protections. Handmade masks will be for sale. Tenugui will also be available. Tied around your your head, they also also do the job of keeping your mouth and nose covered.
We need each other now. More than ever we need to connect. To chat. To share our lives. BLUE & WHITE is a space for connecting, for keeping community strong. Being together, again! At last!
From Friday June 19, we will be here at BLUE & WHITE. Eager to see you again. Old favorites will be waiting for you.