Yesterday, setting up the feathers, was an interesting experience. I had thought about this project for so long,and planned the installation, but when it was time to start hanging the feathers,I felt very nervous. The intention was to hang each feather individually from the frame, and how difficult was that! As soon as I began, the frame was moving, and each thread threatened to twist with the next. Once there were a few, with a little more weight, it settled down, and I spent the next five hours up and down the ladders, hanging and tying, occasionally snagging the feathers so that they fell and shattered on the floor. Well, I had known it wasn’t going to be easy – but I think this is probably one of the most difficult projects I’ve ever set myself. The tinkling of the porcelain feathers was a beautiful and unexpected accompaniment to my work.
So – today it’s up, and visitors have been dropping in to the church all day. They seem to like it, and find the stories interesting. Several people suggested I should make a book of it all – well, maybe that’s an idea, now all the hard stuff is out of the way.