Dragonfly's Journey

Karin Soderholm

A dragonfly can spend most of its life as a nymph, living in the water, unseen. When the time is right and the weather is warmer, the dragonfly will shed its skin, change its oxygen receptors from gills to spiracles, and emerge with wings.

When I think about a dragonfly, I think about an iridescent, quick-flying insect skipping along the water. But long before that freedom, there were many stages of growth below the water (sometimes up to 5 years!).

This new beginning, this transformation orchestrated by the Creator, is essential to the life cycle of the species. But this new form only happens after considerable development and requires a change in every way possible.

A dragonfly is often seen as a symbol of hope because of its relationship to water, its beauty, and its powers of flight. But what do you think it feels like to be that dragonfly, emerging from the water, breathing for the first time, stretching its new wings?

$375 | Mixed fabric panel | 39 X 18 IN

Up Ahead

Karin Soderholm

What’s up ahead for you? Does that question give you hope? Or does that question cause a panic? For me, it’s some of both. In the season of Advent, I am looking for renewed hope in the promises of what’s ahead. Not just the near future, but also to time eternal, when the Lord fulfills his promises and the earth is restored and the things that are broken are made new. I am looking for hope in the midst of all the messiness of the now. I am looking to see beauty in the unfinished present.

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. —Romans 15:4-6

$900 | Mixed fabrics & hand embroidery | 48 X 16 IN

Meet the Artist

KARIN SODERHOLM uses simple embroidery and relies heavily on the tradition of boro cloth (Japan) and kantha cloth (India), to remake and repair cloth. She trusts the language of her materials—fabric and thread—and her work process—hand stitching and layering fabrics— to speak of her understanding and experience of faith. It is by faith that Karin see repetitive stitches as more than just marks, they are evidence of the hand that put them into place; they are evidence of the Creator.

EMAIL karin.r.soderholm@gmail.com |  WEBSITE karinsoderholm.com

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