Are we not of interest to each other? -Elizabeth Alexander
This quote sparked the beginning of Unnamed Lake and embodies the intention of this art piece. How are we connecting? Can we make room to expand beyond our daily routine and curated existence for something different? What happens when we do this?
Piecework has a long tradition of holding space for conversation and creation. Sashiko, specifically, originated in 18th century Japan as a rural peasant practice of mending. This hand stitched folk embroidery was used to hold layers of scrap fabric together for warmth and strength.
Unnamed Lake is an exploration in the physical, mental, and emotional manifestations of mending. Stitching is like handwriting, unique to each individual. I hope you will join me in this experiment in listening, engaging, conversing and creating something together.