Monday, June 21, 2010

heart to heart

I feel that it's necessary to completely cover a surface with hand stitch. This takes an extra ordinary amount of time. When people ask me "what are you making?" I say "art".
My hand's caress, a lasting mark. I keep stitching until it feels right. Here is the blanket stitch, done with red thread.

Have I made a protective covering or revealed an open wound?

14 comments:

Gina said...

I love the way you write about your work Judy - so powerful.

Karen Turner said...

Ah, the magic of stitch - it speaks in so many languages and says something different to each of us.

Jacky said...

pactaI love the depth and density of your stitching...so beautiful. Such wonderful art.
You just seem to know when the stitching is finished dont you?

Jacky xox

arlee said...

I can't say how soul pleasing the hand you make from your hand is---i love density of stitch by hand, it's like making cloth on cloth from cloth--and amazing how each piece lets us know hen to stop too

Phyllis said...

Yes, you are making art. I think it takes courage to say this. Your stitching is absolutely stunning and so inspiring. I really like Arlee's comment too. Whenever I visit I leave here feeling a little more restored and peaceful. I love you work and would give anything to touch it.

Susan said...

I get a sense of protection from this - an armor of stitch to protect the cloth. There is so much said in your dedication to covering the entire cloth with stitches by hand - something both calming and urgent about it. I like that. Your work is always amazing.

ger said...

What else could it be...?!! - love your question - only very good questions can do without answers, don´t you think...?

Deborah said...

I love it!

Lynn Weathers said...

I'm going to have to remember the "I'm making art" comment - file it away for future use. I get asked that periodically too. Usually I say that I'm just "playing," but I've learned that some people interpret "playing" as "wasting time."

Velma said...

a protective wound?

Jeana Marie said...

I like what Velma said. I'm thinking that the urge to protect wouldn't be so strong if one never knew how it is to be wounded. So both.

It's wonderful, your layer of stitch.
xo,
Jeana

Barbara said...

Hi,
I love your hand stitch, I sometimes get overwhelmed with how much hand stitch I like and think it is too much but yours is beautiful.
I have never known what to say the that question ... and it makes me a bit uncomfortable. I usually say "just making a little something" ~
Thanks for sharing!
Barbara

Stitching Away said...

I would love to get my hands on this. I love the feel of stitching as much as the beauty it brings to the eyes.

Robin Olsen said...

This reminds me of the obsessive marks in some outsider artists' works that are made for the sheer pleasure of mark making. It's a very powerful piece.