How fucking bizarre. This is clearly not my family or friends of my family. It totally could be.
Sally Mann, Candy Cigarette, 1989
Costume designed by Jacques Schmidt and Emmanuel Peduzzi for Véronique Hubert in the Comédie-Française’s 1995 production of Occupe-toi d’Amélie
From the Centre National du Costume de Scène
Kantha embroidery ~
Kantha is a type of embroidery popular in eastern South Asia, especially Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Bengal and Odisha. In Odisha old saris are stacked on each other and hand-stitched to make a thin piece of cushion. This is normally used above a bed cushion or instead of a cushion. The use of kantha is popular in “Kantha saris” traditionally worn by women in Bengal.
Kantha stitching is also used to make simple quilts, commonly known as Nakshi Kantha. Women in Bengal typically use old saris and cloth and layer them with kantha stitch to make a light blanket, throw or bedspread, especially for children. Kantha is very popular with tourists visiting Bengal and is a specialty of Bolpur. ~ source Wikipedia
This really should somehow have gotten to my budobabes blog but zanshinart being my primary blog it got here…..
At this point I don’t really have blocks per se because I’m working not on new forms but on refining understanding, going deeper.
What is a problem is that I have lost the ability to simply “do” forward rolls on the left side. I can WILL myself into a forward roll or breakfall on that side but it no longer happens automatically - so I cannot count on it “in the body” during training and revert to twisting into a back breakfall instead.
What has helped is reading a recent New Yorker article on “the yips” and similar issues affecting athletes and musicians. I always had a funny feeling my problem was not emotional/psychological but actual neurological, akin to my dad’s Parkinsons. Well, research now shows that indeed this kind of balking or loss of ability is indeed a form of dystonia - the nervous system is almost simultaneously firing “go” and “don’t go” signals.
This explains why I cannot simply “go” but sometimes if I take time and have no pressure I can sort of do a “manual override” on the “don’t go” signal and execute a roll.
But I am not in a position to move to a place where I can work with researchers on overcoming this. I just remind my training partners that if I take an unorthodox fall or roll it is not a reflection on their technique. :-)
"I started working in the fields when I was five. After that, I worked construction for thirty years. Eight years ago, I was between jobs and I wanted to do something useful, so I started going to school. It took me 8 years to get through middle school, because I could only go to classes when work was slow, but I finished with a 9.3 out of 10. Now I’m moving on to high school. The toughest part is Algebra."
(Mexico City, Mexico)
Annie’s Mailbox, 25 September 2014:Dear Friends and Family: When I phone, it’s because I want to speak with you. If you would like to speak with me, please do the same. Do not attempt to carry on a conversation by texting. We can get the same results in a two-minute phone call as in a texting…
Pharoah Sanders & John Coltrane, Ascension session, June 1965 by Chuck Stewart
Jimi Hendrix, New York City 1968
Photo by: Walter Iooss
1954 Packard Panther Daytona Roadster