I try to make 10 bibs a day towards a final number of 108. It's been fun finding all the red and pink fabrics from my large stash bins. Only took me a dozen bibs to figure out a method for sewing these things. The first ones I used a pattern, which was ridiculous. The jizo shapes are getting nice and rounded with the piles of aprons on them. Sewing is a very calming activity and because I am using multiple fabrics, it is never boring. The very act of making the bibs makes me think of mothers and babies and lost children.
Misora Hibari was a famous enka singer and film star during my childhood. She often presented a melancholy persona, and her fame was fed by rumors of a tragic life. Unlike Japanese contemporary singers, who mostly get by with hype and cute looks, Hibari had an amazing voice through which she enveloped her audience into her story. LIstening to Kanashii Sake (Melancholy Drink), I am utterly moved by her ability to fill each syllable with meaning and pain.
white marker, double-sided tape, scissors, black paint, glue stick