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flower-ku blooms in Harlem (crochet+knit+haiku)

June 27, 2010

Harlem Needle Arts, Inc.  BLOSSOM OF FIBER ARTS EXHIBITION in St. Nicholas Park, Sat. & Sun., June 26 & 27, 2010

People have so many talents. You wouldn’t know it by walking past them on the sidewalk or when sharing a subway car (unless it breaks down and people reach out in conversation out of need for connection or due to plain old boredom). Such was my conversation with the photographer at the Blossom of Fiber Arts Exhibition today in Harlem, where a blossoming of such talents is on view. “Fancy work” (as my Grandma Corie used to call it) is something often done in isolation, at home, in quiet time.  Some people (Michelle Bishop, Laura Gadson, the Harlem Needle Arts) are dedicated to bringing such art-making to public spaces. This weekend, that public space is at 135th and St. Nick (B/C train to 135th). I’m honored to have a few pieces in the exhibition, surrounded by the beauty of the handwork of several artists whose medium is fiber: quilting, knitting, crochet, felting, etc.

The moon is a cloud; Until the darkness descends; And its light is seen. haiku by margaret scanlon – hairpin lace crochet flower by lisa daehlin

One of the denizens of this amazing city with whom I’ve crossed paths (her name is Margaret. sssshhh, don’t tell her I told you, as she likes to stay out of the limelight) has the talent to compose HAIKU as if it’s simply a breath of exhalation. Three of these works of cerebral-become-verbal poetry I chose as inspiration for the flowers I knitted and crocheted for this exhibition under the sun – it’s HOT in new york this week! (as fortune would have it, for one of the flowers stems is hairpin lace crochet, I used glow in the dark Jelly Yarn so it soaked up much of the sun’s daytime rays for the moon’s nighttime glowing).


Oh, sweetest golden; Soft-petal’d rose of morning; You are my soul’s dew! – haiku by margaret scanlon, tunisian crochet flower stem (avant le fleur) by lisa daehlin

Haiku no. 1
The moon is a cloud
Until the darkeness descends
And its light is seen.

Haiku no. 2
Oh, sweetest golden
Soft-petal’d rose of morning
You are my soul’s dew!


Haiku no. 3
Wind touching the leaves
At the tips of their branches
Bending, sway gently.

As you may know, the structure of a haiku poem gives its first line 5 syllables, the second 7 syllables and the third is goes back to 5 syllables. In that spirit, I have incorporated numerous fives and sevens into the stitchcounts, petal shapes, bead dropping and needle & hook swinging of these humble fleurs.


Harlem Needle Arts, Inc. presents
Exhibition featuring the works of needle art constructionists
Exotic soft sculptured plant life and floral arrangements designed through the mediums of crochet, knit, quilt, felt and or weave

Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27, 2010, 10am-6pm
ST. NICHOLAS PARK, 135th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, New York City

Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27, 2010, 10am-6pm
special viewing and artists talk:  STRIVERS GARDEN GALLERY , 300 West 135th Street, New York City

Featured Artists
Denise Bradley, Sahara Briscoe, Deborah Gray, Lisa Daehlin, Gail Edwards, Laura R. Gadson, Deborah Gray, Ife Felix, Shimoda
Michelle Bishop, Curator – Laura R. Gadson, Art Handler

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Harlem Needle Arts BLOSSOM OF FIBER FESTIVAL june2010

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Suzanne White permalink
    June 29, 2010 2:37 am

    Hi Lisa
    Here a few haiku’s for you

    Thread Songs l

    Hands articulate
    Weaving dreams of soft fiber
    Thread songs by Lisa

    Thread Songs ll

    Quick fingers sing songs
    Of lacy fiber designs
    Creating Beauty

    • June 29, 2010 2:43 am

      how lovely! thank you. I’m thinking of having some set to music, perhaps these can be part of that set. – L


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