Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sharing

I am concerned with emotional response. What does it feel like to live during this time period? I use the hand stitch, a slow and traditional method of mark making because I believe that it has the ability to communicate on a more psychological level than drawing or painting. Hand stitches are visible evidence of the passage of time. The repeated marks are made one at a time by holding, piercing and caressing the cloth and seeing them touches the viewer similarly

8 comments:

Fioleta said...

I think one of the biggest disadvantages of looking at the textile art on the internet or even in the galleries is inability to touch it, to trace the stitches with one's fingers, to really experience the tactile quality of it. I find the same true about sculpture - I feel that something is lost than the the viewer and the tactile object are separated and aren't allowed to come in closer contact.

Often when I look at your work, like this one, I find my hands reaching towards the screen wanting to stroke the various shapes, textures and stitches.

Diane said...

this is beautiful!

arlee said...

I really like the way you treated the "background" of this---lively and wonderfully framing the appliqued pieces, but not overwhelming them---beautiful.
As Fioleta says, i'd love to touch here too!

Mal* (turning*turning) said...

I have come back and read this 3 or 4 times today. I think you have hit on something that I have been vaguely thinking lately, but hadn't put into words. It's just lovely, Judy. Thank you.

C said...

Beautiful post, Judy!

jude said...

i also find that in handling a textile you get a better sense of the tension of the stitch against the drape of the cloth. you get a story about how it was in the hands of the maker.

pink dogwood said...

so beautiful - your art and your words.

Judy Martin said...

Touching textile art in galleries is something that I think about a lot as well. I have made some cloth books that can not be understood unless the pages are turned one at a time and looked at, read. How can you do that without touching them? Some galleries provide white gloves - but that removes the sense of touch. One gallery just said 'handle with clean hands only' which was OK with me. It's better than not touching at all.