This has been my month for hollyhocks. It began with a hollyhock art quilt. One of my customers, who owns a fabric art gallery purchased another art quilt from me. This is the 9th quilt for her.
She first found me through the internet.The quilt she chose this time was the hollyhock quilt, pictured above.I was delighted. This quilt is was one of my current favorites, and now going to a lady I liked very much, a genuinely nice person.
However before it sold, it captured the attention of someone else.
In a short jump across the ocean, a psychologist with a practice located in Australia, noticed the hollyhock quilt online. She has an affinity for hollyhocks, with one even pictured on her business cards.
She also has interest in art quilts, a large one already hanging in her office.
The internet has shrunk the world, it seems a smaller place.
Here’s a tiny example of our ability to connect with people living on the other side of the world,an impossibility not many years ago.
Three peoples’ lives overlaped for a brief moment in time, based on a mutual interest in the same simple art quilt. Living many miles apart, it was unlikely their paths ever would have crossed, without the internet to connect them.
To take this a step further. The psychologist, living in Australia, was able to locate and contact the quilt’s maker, living in the states. Two people, living in two different countries brought together despite the huge populations and miles. A business transaction is made.The psychologist is able to obtain an art quilt that suits her needs and the artist gains a new commission.
The world of commerce has now become a global market with the arrival of the internet.
But what strikes me as the most beneficial gain, is it’s ability to cross borders and help us to gain an understanding of the differing cultures,customs and people of the world.
Surprisingly, we’re not all that different, at our most basic level. We love babies and animals, have a need for love, friendship and acceptance. And people everywhere like hollyhocks and quilts.
The door has opened, we can experience friendships and insights into each other viewpoints and thinking.
Will this unite the world? Bring complete unity? Stop war? Unlikely,because every culture has it’s own share of villains, with no interest in unity, or peace. The villains are similar too, they like things the way they are.
The internet can’t change hardened hearts or harmful thinking.
But it can open a door to understanding and possible acceptance of our differences and similarities. Now that’s a pretty good thing I would say.
So back to work Barbara! I want to meet my deadline,because my quilt’s new owner will be in the states, near to where I am. She will pick it up in person.I will enjoy meeting her, a pleasure I rarely have.
I like where my quilt is going,
I think it has found a good home. art quilt. Ready to quilt[/caption]