God loves us and let bad things happen in due course, giving us the opportunity to learn from mistakes and live a better life. I learned an important life lesson from a “pain-removing process”. The lines of a varied, adventurous, complicated and challenging life story are imprinted on this quilt.
|"Health and Happiness" ©2013, Lin Hsin-Chen|
The red flowers on the quilt represent happiness and the white flowers represent both physical health and mental health, which not only should be co-existed in harmony, but also the goal for everyone. I hope all my friends are healthy and happy like the red and white flowers.
Everybody knows that health leads to happiness. However, my conception of this idea was reversed. I wished everyone was happy even I had to sacrifice my health. During TIQE2012 (Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2012), Sue, Mary and Misik told me that I looked exhausted. That’s true, but I was still keen on accompanying with all the artists till they left Taiwan. In fact, I was facing the crisis of heavy bleeding. Only my husband and daughter knew it, so they shared my works. Until this year, after several visits to Europe, I finally had to do the surgery. My preconception “grew” the tumor up. I am lucky enough to be able to choose the time for surgery. Who has such courage to accept this kind of life crisis? Thanks to my husband and family for the huge and selfless support of my dangerous “experiment”. Thank God for guiding me through this life challenge. I will put health and happiness in my first priority from now on.
This is a story of a stupid adventure. After I overcome my ignorance, this story will “bloom” like bright flowers in this quilt. I’m glad that I still have enough time to sew it after the surgery without delaying the deadline. Everything is going well and I truly appreciated.
I wish everyone healthy and happy forever.
Materials: silk, cotton, ribbon
Techniques: 100% hand-stitched