I have been thinking a lot about veiling and unveiling. For several years I was living in New Mexico where the “veil” is so thin it almost does not exist. It is so exposed and raw in the desert, that it is hard to feel the privacy and comfort that one can receive differently. Now back in Vermont, I am really interested in how I feel so protected and am reveling in being covered by blankets, scarves and in general I am veiling myself more. This feels very nurturing and healing for me. I am likening it to a womb-like sensation, very Yin and softening with feminine spirit. I feel as if I am able to curl up inside myself, listen and indulge in my own energy. I feel as if I can rest and recharge and just BE in my energy without it being interrupted, effected, discovered! I think there is the intuitive and introverted part of every woman that really needs this veil of protection, to not feel on display or available!
When I was in Vermont several years ago I made a whole series of veils, masks, headdresses and wigs. I thought of this as a troupe, wedding, or gang of woman who held back parts of themselves, in mysterious and alluring ways. It was refreshing for me to create this line of work that was protective,shy, and elegant rather than exposed and BOLD. SO much of the American aesthetic and “way” is in your face and intrusive for everyone to see as “eye candy”. This I have felt over time to be draining of my essence and harmful. It feels awful to be minimized through visual appeal and the curves of my body. The whole purpose of the veil is to preserve the soul and not allow just anyone access to it, for it can be drained and affected negatively. I have noticed that in modern weddings, the veil is not really what it used to be, It is most often Not the literal covering of the face/eyes. There is usually more like a reference to the veil in a headband or hat, but we have almost lost the tradition of really covering and then unveiling. What has happened to the tradition of revealing our soul, through our eyes, to a select person who we are giving our life to? Where has classy, elegant, reformed, and alluring gone to in our society? I would like to see more embellished and beautiful veilings of woman; more scarves, lace, hoods, silk drapes and in general more items that are meant to protect and preserve the beauty of woman! I would like to see more, so I make them. I make Veils, hoods, scarves, large fibrous necklaces, and elaborate, embellished, extravagant items that are meant to serve woman in preserving and protecting their intuitive, sensitive, and resilient souls! After all, if the eyes are the window to the soul, why not have some boundaries on who gets in??