I finally scanned the embroidery series that I made over the summer. I still need to stretch them on frames. Nonetheless. Go see!
I took a beginning fibers class with Carrie Seid a few years ago, and one of our assignments was to make a little crochet sampler using a nontraditional material. A girl in my class used hair (harvested from her sorority sisters’ hairbrushes), and I remember thinking that it was quite possibly the most repulsive object I’d ever seen.
I’ve been seeking resolution on my embroidery series (I wrote about this here), and I think hair is the answer, in an exploration of the tension between the beautiful/controlled/tidy and the repulsive/bodily.
Now I need more hair. But this is a weird thing to ask someone for? I suppose I need to befriend a hair salon.
I re-photographed the Knots books today (and did 10000000 other things).
Cheers to fruitful days, and the opportunity for a do-over.
Update: Redone photographs are up on my website. Check it out!!! And upon further thought, I think there are more opportunities for redo than we probably realize.
I am interested in exploring pairs of forces that counter one another, yet somehow coexist.
The Knots series examines the tension between predictability and volatility, knowing and not knowing, and the internal and external. I’ve connected this set of ideas to R.D. Laing’s book Knots, in which the psychiatrist investigates circular patterns of thought in relationships. Other influences to this body of work include Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, family photo albums, my experiences as a preschool art teacher, and intuitive responses to materials: string, trophies, photographs, and textiles.
Lately I’ve been manifesting these ideas in books, prints, and embroideries.
“To eat and to be eaten,” letterpress, typewriter, thread, Polaroid, closed dimension 4.5 x 5.25 x .5″, 2012
An interior view of “To eat and to be eaten”
“The self that is afraid of,” letterpress, typewriter, thread, closed dimension 5 x 7 x .25″, 2012
An interior view of “The self that is afraid of”
“I am doing it,” letterpress flexagon, typewriter, thread, closed dimension 2 x 3.5″, 2012
Interior view of “I am doing it”
Untitled in-progress embroideries, diameters ranging from 4″ to 10″
Detail, untitled embroidery
But, I let the plate sit for a few days (…maybe more than a few days…) and now my hard ground is rubbery. Sigh.
“Before one goes through the gate / one may not be aware there is a gate”
“One may think there is a gate to go through / and look a long time for it / without finding it
One may find it and / it may not open”
“If it opens one may be through it
As one goes through it / one sees that the gate one went through was the self that went through it”
“no one went through a gate / there was no gate to go through
no one ever found a gate / no one ever realized there was never a gate”
“(Text by R.D. Laing)”
(I finished another little leporello today in the Knots series. Letterpress, typewriter, photographs, thread.)
I just finished the first part of a drawing that will be a woodcut.
Can you tell I’m thoroughly exploring one idea?
Yesterday I took a risk by introducing a second color into an embroidery I’ve been working on.
A risk in the risky, risky world of embroidery.
“One is afraid of / the self that is afraid of”
“the self that is afraid of / the self that is afraid”
“One may perhaps speak of reflections. / (text by R.D. Laing)”
I made this book under the guidance of Barb Tetenbaum using text from R.D. Laing’s book Knots. I was inspired by a slide presentation by the weaving instructor during my session, Peggy Hart. I realized that I don’t know anything about weaving, and this made me realize that I’m unaware of my lack of knowledge about probably infinite other things. And then I think in circles.
A lot of things became more clear to me while making this book: it’s ok to ground ideas by using someone else’s text, it’s good to play and simplify, I’m really interested in incorporating fibers into my work, and I want to make more traditional codices. Even though this is a lepporello.
Hope you all are doing great. xoxo