two pieces of resist dyed indigo on the drying rack. The fabric in the front had been wrapped with thread that then took me two hours to remove.This piece took a couple of days to tie with raffia and string at the SDA conference in 2007. Last night I spent an hour untying it, but it's still nowhere near done. It took two or three hours to lay the threads into this circle on linen. To tie all the ends took 2 more. Now it has been dipped twice in indigo and waits for me to unpick. The time spent stitching or wrapping in order to resist dye is lengthy yet the result does not look like it. Running stitches, blanket stitches, stem stitches, marks made with needle and thread that LEAVE THE THREAD ON THE ARTWORK do seem to make labour and time spent visible.
Stitch resist is like housework. It takes time to do but seems invisible. Even those of us who are aware of how much time domestic work takes don't consider it, we just think that it looks great.
What other metaphors exist in this slow stitching that looks fast?
Today, I spent time with Connie who had 29 years worth of hair cut.
Thanks to Ann and Michaela for sending me photos of the opening of Convergence in Owen Sound.