a sampling of recent works, of moving toward what moves me

Heart Mirrors

so, what are heart mirrors? they’re an emergence from the dreaming, nourished by connections with kindred spirits — on trains, at Fools Court, desert or mountain, forest or ocean — wherever we are called to be in solidarity with struggles of liberation, equity, and justice.

founded in 2017, this zero-waste project was an experiment in bringing forth diverse reflections of a more just and connected world. all materials were repurposed, most were non synthetic, and over 200 hearts were made and given to friends old and new.

in 2019, journeys to Chiapas, the Navajo Nation, Chicago, Türkiye (Turkey), Հայաստան (Armenia), and Sonoran Desert borderlands have brought this project home to a heartfelt end, inspiring this site’s creation and opening new paths of cultural recovery and collective healing…

Հայկական Ասեղնագործութիւն
(Armenian Needlework) ~ est. 2019

taking many forms, cultural recovery work and play involves much learning and practicing in community. every knot and stitch carries dreams and prayers of health in the body, peace in the spirit, and love in the heart.

Figures 1 and 3: ժանեակ (needlelace tradition from the region of Van) featuring patterns of mountains, rainbows, and clouds/seedlings to ornament the borders of a scarf for a beloved (Fig. 1), and to create flower-centered expanding circles of interconnected beauty and strength (Fig. 3)

Figure 2: Մարաշի ասեղնագործութիւն (embroidery tradition from the Marash region), with ancient patterns of interlacing խաչքար (cross stones) dancing around a larger խաչքար in the center. needleweaving magic handmade in Armenia, with the love and joy of teachers and our ancestors.

My Only Friend

one of several intuitive grief rituals — like this site’s cover image — which took shape following the inquiry “What can we make with these tears?” ~ at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Oakland, CA — 2018

Walks of Witness: East

golden hour at Oak Glen Park, Oakland, CA — 2018

’tis a small and beloved place of refuge in Oakland, bringing peace and reminding us why we must not be silent about the beauty or harms we witness. the swing hangs beside a beautiful one-block stretch of Glen Echo Creek. most of the Creek has been “undergrounded.” may it flow freely and openly again one day…

Walks of Witness: West

street art photographed in the Tenderloin, San Francisco, CA — 2018

in the midst of systemic poverty, homelessness, and marginalization, art in the Tenderloin community shines brightly, lifting spirits and promoting a better world even when the city government does not.

Supremes Court / Restorative Justice Under Law

“The Supremes Court / Restorative Justice Under Law,” photo paper collages, 11″ x 8 1/2,” made in Oakland, CA — 2018

Borrowing images found online and resized, printed, and cut by hand, these collages were created for a group presentation at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. Centered on a political action our group designed, the presentation was our response to events unfolding the very day we began planning our project — the day Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as the newest member of the court, in spite of credible accusations he had committed sexual harm.  Our approach was informed by Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution, and our shared vision of a U.S. Supreme Council of Grandmothers, which we believe would be more likely than our current system to promote transformative and restorative justice.

Much thanks and love with cohort group mates, all those who work for peace and justice, the photographers who captured the images used (names unknown), and the women of The Supremes (sans Diana Ross to promote equity — see list below).  We hope they would understand this use of their images to promote a restorative vision of the world, as we seek to transform anger into its tantric source:  Passion for Justice.

  • Mary Wilson: 3rd from left and on far right
  • Florence Ballard: d. 1976, holding court near the sun
  • Betty McGlown: d. 2008, not pictured
  • Barbara Martin: not pictured
  • Cindy Birdsong: on far left
  • Jean Terrell: 2nd from left and from right
  • Lynda Laurence: not pictured
  • Susaye Greene + Scherrie Payne: in center + music partner Joyce Vincent 3rd from right

If you are moved to share any of the works shown above, feel free to do so via this page. In the words of Aurora Levins Morales, “Poetry is labor. Please respect it.” The same goes for all forms of expression found here. Thanks, loves.

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