Stitched + Mended

Saving fragments, the threads themselves, the memories of watching my grandmother mend clothes, all of these things collectively inform consciously or unconsciously my desire to save and repair, embellish and examine. The intimacy of handwork and detail has always held significance for me. Some of these pieces use block prints made from lino cuts that I made when I was 12. Using one's own material from youth is a way to connect to an essential naive part of ourselves. Many of the narrative embroideries were made for specific situations; for example, the Navdanya piece was used at a fundraiser for Vandana Shiva at LMU. The embroidery is quite small but when blown up to poster size becomes a more dynamic presence. I enjoy this juxtaposition of making something at one scale and enlarging it by another process or transforming it to a different medium.