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  • Kathy wrote in "Swerve":
    "The sturdy stalks can support several birds at once and so, in the fall the stalks are adorned with a new type of feathered blossom." ( )
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    This image is another of my needlepoint artwork: A rendition of an 19th century Chinese bureaucrat's badge (A high official, not military, possibly "real estate" magistrate).
    Source of image: Smithsonian Institution 14 stitches per inch wool on canvass.
    I named the green crane/great-heron "Quantum Quasar" in reference to the big blue sworls in the sky - a reference to the big, blue-shift radio sources we first knew as Quasars:
    Quasi Stellar Radio Sources.

    Each square inch of these 14 count works takes me about an hour.
    From attaching canvass to stretcher to finished art in frame, one to two years (18 ct took 5 years!)
    The borders are my addition, as are the touches of metallic filament. Each needle worker puts his/her subtle yet so very real 50,000+ stitch mark on her/his work - like a piano tuner forgoing an electronic tuner for an archaic pitch pipe. The hands look to be conducting an invisible orchestra.

    In theory, a machine could make perfectly stitched pointilist wool images of any artwork for a few dollars. HOWEVER:
    Promising technological archive processes can be like mermaids singing on the Lorelei rocks on the eastern bank of the Rhine. Tie yourself to the mast and plug the crews' ears with wax! Whittle a whistle/flute with your image of choice. Chisel a David from marble. Cast a Diana of bronze.
    Caveat Emptor!
    Kodak Ectachrome slides fade quickly after 10 years. Kodak Kodacolor prints (like Trevor's c41) can be archived for 100 years with the late 20th century paper. ( )
    Ilford Cibachrome process and good paper and archival sleeves, will stay sharp maybe 500 years.

    So we will store books and images digitally? Digital images stored in original DOS on 5.25 floppy disks in the 1980s are already mostly lost to the digital dustbins - five great extinctions of "drives" away from your USB keychain.
    Digital files stored today might be virtually inaccessible to all but digital archeologists in 10 years - like so many faded ektachrome slides.
    At the very least, condemned to mediocrity by sheer volume of images stored willy-nilly in cheap memory.
    Are today's Internet/Cloud image banks the 5.25 floppy disks of 2025?

    The Persian wool tapestries that inspired this wool imaging are still viable after thousands of years, and counting. And yet we must keep vigil: "...where moth and rust doth corrupt."

    "The sturdy stalks can support several birds at once and so, in the fall the stalks are adorned with a new type of feathered blossom." Kathy Weinberg
    _____Write your loves
    _____in a few memorized phrases
    _____on your heart
    _____and join the Quasars in the sky.

    DD-30- D#=Eb
    "Momma don't take my Kodachrome away." Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel
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