Swing Top Third Question: What is the right action?

$199.00

The Swings swing.

Three diaphanous layers create a kaleidoscope of colourful veils to spin around your silhouette.

The front two layers of the swing are shorter than the back; the first providing a window into the second. Together, they create a visual conversation as they swing at different rhythms. The back is a single layer, longer than the front and translucent, revealing the curve of your back in silhouette. You are the 3rd layer, the center of the universe.

The answer to the Third Question is revealed under the first layer amid a portion of a Leonardo da Vinci drawn skeleton, representing yet another layer beneath where we are all the same: The right action is to serve the one you are with.

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The Swings swing.

Three diaphanous layers create a kaleidoscope of colourful veils to spin around your silhouette.

The front two layers of the swing are shorter than the back; the first providing a window into the second. Together, they create a visual conversation as they swing at different rhythms. The back is a single layer, longer than the front and translucent, revealing the curve of your back in silhouette. You are the 3rd layer, the center of the universe.

The answer to the Third Question is revealed under the first layer amid a portion of a Leonardo da Vinci drawn skeleton, representing yet another layer beneath where we are all the same: The right action is to serve the one you are with.

The story of the Three Questions comes in layers too, ultimately revealing a truth about a way to live. It is a short story by Russian author Leo Tolstoy first published in 1885 as part of a collection of short stories titled “What Men Live By, and other Tales”. The story takes the form of a parable, and it concerns a king who wants to find the answers to what he considers the three most important questions in life:

When is the right time?
Who is the right person?
What is the right action to take?

Unable to find resolution within his kingdom, he embarks on a journey to find the answers from a wise man in the mountains. On his journey he overcomes 3 trials. The wise man reveals to him that the action he took to overcome each trial provides the answer to his three questions.

I asked my Mother’s sister, Aunt Pat, to write out the Three Questions and their answers. She kindly obliged. I made silk screens of them , hiding the answer under the first layer of the Swing Top, paying homage to the trial the King faced as a veil to the answer he sought. The King knew the answers to his questions before he left on his journey but he needed the wise man to lift the veil in order to see them.

The colour ‘rose’ is used to answer question three. The colour signifies respect, love, harmony. I played with changing the verb “serve” in the translation because ‘to serve’ has heavy connotations for me as a woman bred to please others before myself. However, I have decided to leave the original verb just as I accept Tolstoy’s book title “What MEN Live By and Other Tales” (my capitals/bold). I choose to see the action of ‘service’ as being attentive to the needs of others as well as oneself. The act of ‘giving’ need not be performed to the detriment of one’s own survival nor should it be bound by a caste system beyond one’s freedom.

‘The right action is to serve the one you are with’ is a choice made freely, with love.

In the story, the protagonist is a King. He can do whatever he wants when he wants; he has inherent dominance. He is the perfect person to illustrate the quest of the Three Questions because within his unencumbered freedom of choice, he CHOOSES to to act in service of others.
May we all be free enough within the confines of our own beliefs and/or those of our society to CHOOSE to serve the one we are with.

The skeleton was drawn by Leonardo da Vinci. It is the structure where we hominids are virtually the same; of the same elements and needing the same elements and returning to the same elements. We are one.

Wash and wear and wear and wear.

Size

S, M, L

Size Guide

  • Lotus Dress
  • Piano Pants
  • Puffy Coat
  • Smock
  • Bustle Dress
  • Swing Top
  • Kimono
  • Hatori

Chest

SMALL Max 36”
MEDIUM Max 42”
LARGE Max 46”

Ribcage and Hips

SIZE 1 (28”-34” ribcage/Hips max 40”)
SIZE 2 (34”- 40”ribcage/ Hips max 46”)

Hips and Chest

SIZE 1 chest and hips max 44”
SIZE 2 chest and hips max 48”
SIZE 3 chest and hips max 52”

Chest

X-SMALL Max 32”
SMALL Max 34”
MEDIUM Max 38”
LARGE Max 44”
X-LARGE Max 50”

Chest

X-SMALL Max 28”
SMALL Max34”
MEDIUM Max 38”
LARGE Max 42”
X-LARGE Max46”
2 X-LARGE Max 50”

Chest

SMALL Max 36”
MEDIUM Max 42”
LARGE Max 46”

Chest

SMALL Max 36”
MEDIUM Max 42”
LARGE Max 46”
X-LARGE Max 52”

Chest and hips

SMALL Max 40”
MEDIUM Max 43”
LARGE Max 46”
X-LARGE Max 48”
2 X-LARGE Max 51”

1. Pick your Style from the tabs above

2. Measure yourself

Dahlia Drive’s sizing is based on my shape and because I am the center of my universe (as Aphrodite was of hers), I am a Medium (even though, according to the Marilyn Monroe world of sizing I am a small, the Penthouse world of sizing I am a 0 and the Asian metric of sizing I am an extra large). So if you find comfort in thinking you know your size, stop now and get a tape measure *.

As Aphrodite so beautifully demonstrates (she has invisible servants because she is a goddess):

  • Measure around your back and chest (including your breasts) for the CHEST measurement
  • Measure your rib cage right under your breasts for the RIBCAGE measurement
  • Measure your hips at their widest for the HIPS measurement

Note: it is vital you do not take what you discover personally. It is just a number.

3. Find your Size on the Style Guide!

Then click your heels together and repeat after me, “There is no place like me”, “There is no place like me” . Voila! You have arrived home in your perfect body!

4. Order your size!

* (if you do not have a measuring tape, find a yardstick or 12″ ruler and measure off a 60″ piece of yarn or shoelace liquorish or toilet paper. Use this length to loop around your body at the designated spot for your style and mark the join with a knot or paper clip. Measure the distance from end to knot against the inches of your ruler or yardstick.)

When it came to sizing her clothes, Aphrodite had it easy: “One goddess length of silk wrapped around my hips please!”.

Shipping and Returns

Shipping is free.

All items but the Puffy Coats require 2 weeks time  from your order to my shipping.  Puffy coats require  from 2 to 3 months construction time.

I will gladly exchange your purchase due to faulty craftsmanship or an error in sizing.  I can not accept exchanges on specially ordered items.

There are no returns or cancellations.

Please contact me within 30 days of the original order should you desire an exchange.

Send me an email at wendy@dahliadrive.com to identify the reason for the exchange.  Mail the item, unused and in its original condition to 5898 Fraser Street, Powell River, B.C. V8A 4T5 Canada. You are responsible for the shipping costs.  Consider using a tracking service to guarantee its arrival.  I cannot be responsible for undelivered items.

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I can not be responsible for delays due to customs.

Thank you for your business.  I make each piece with care and attention, just for you.

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