Stitched - Woven - Drawn is a series of nine large and small illustrations inspired by the short story “Woven” by Lidia Yuknavitch, published by Guernica Magazine in 2015.
The original three illustrations were hand-traced renderings of bundles of textile debris in my studio. Each drawing represents a stage in which lived experience becomes condensed story. The actual experiencing of an event is often messy, confusing, and overwhelming. With the remembering and sometimes retelling of said event, the details become refined, more organized. With some finality, events eventually become moralistic stories with both a reason and a purpose. These pieces are all attempts to capture that process through handwork.
Hand-drawn illustrations were translated into 11 x 14 stitched illustrations, which were then translated into 18 x 24 stitched illustrations. Each piece is displayed in a handmade pine frame.
Pieces 1 - 3 are hand-drawn illustrations on paper.
Pieces 3 + 4 are small-scale stitched reproductions of drawings 2 and 3.
Pieces 5 - 7 are large scale stitched reproductions of drawings 1 - 3.
Space for Impatience
Space for Impatience begins an exploration into the necessity of making room for unwanted attributes in addition to desired ones. In the way that making room for aspirational qualities can have the effect of calling them into a person’s life, making room for undesirable qualities can ease the suffering that surrounds them. If a person is not bothered by their impatience, does it still move them to action?
Space for Silence
Space for Solace
Home for Hope
This piece explores my tenuous and fluctuating relationship with hope and how its’ presence is experienced as both a burden and a blessing.