umber° studios has closed its doors in minneapolis after 51 opening shows, and supporting 200 artists
please allow umber to pause for a time,
after the loss of a very beloved mother.
this is the first draft of a life that will go on
living in uncountable other hearts. even the old
cardiologist hasn't sewn herself into so many special
places. whether we're all cut from the same cloth, some use
their bits in brilliant ways. today and always
the fortunate wear kathleen's garment. her most amazing
love will go on being worn wherever her hands were laid.
filling the family she touched every day before extending
every direction onto those they do. in a perfect world
we'd all wear a locket with her heart inside, instead we
have our own full hearts, pumping her endless love through
us everyday. the way we go forward honoring her is by
blessing others with her heroic gentleness and selfless
grace. treat everyone tenderly, as she would. give the (most)
magical part of yourself to the ones you love, never stop.
hold hands and call someone darling, give big hugs and be always brave.
leave the heaviness behind and be incredible in tough times.
in this way, her beautiful heart will continue
giving the gifts it always has.
the light inside all of us shines brighter because
she helped it glow. each heart here is connected with her
delicate silken thread. it may stretch, it will never break.
her incredible being is all around us. find it for
yourself at 6:00 am when the birds start to sing, in the
shade of an old oak on a summer afternoon, send it in
a letter to her lovely family. whenever you find it,
feel it. never let it go.
written for jessica & her mother
| april 7th