This is the beginning of my new experimentation with handwriting, thread, and ceramic.
At first, I thought this project was going to be about the forgotten/obsolete history of hand embroidery, but I realized it goes much deeper….it just took talking about it with my aunt to figure it out.
Thread, it turns out, is surrounded by mysticism and implications of fate throughout history. Tons of mythologies, especially Norse, discuss string in relation to fate. In Norse mythology, three women (the fates?) sit beneath the tree of life, spinning the strings of fate, and when your time is up, your string gets cut. I’m still exploring other mythologies as well. It’s so interesting and exciting!
Also - I’m thinking this ceramics project(s) is turning into a whole installation. Right now I’m headed in about three directions (the original stitched frames, the new pins-in-wall drawings/words, and newest is the tiny frames actually composing a frame around a relic. Pictures of that are coming…… so we will see!
This is a new page from my ceramics sketchbook. It’s a list of words that I am (always, continually) thinking about; words that heavily influence and drive my work; words such as domesticity, protection, nostalgia, memory, yearning, lonesome, evocative, tenuous, history, story, beauty, narrative…..