yearning for the flora of home, creating my own paradise after 2.5 years of being away from Southeast Asia. coping mechanisms of obsessive gathering, pleating, repetitive hand-work. warm weather silhouettes of cabana shirts and summer skirts cut in heavy bouquet tapestries and hand-pleated crinkle silk velvet. melancholic tones, outbursts of red-hot rage and frustration. trills of hope and optimism.