All Stitched Up

“If we don’t transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it ” Richard Rohr

So you may be wondering what has transforming pain got to do with “Just Making Art” well, at the moment I am engrossed in a book entitled The Treads of Life : A history of the World Through The Eye of Needle by Clare Hunter and in it the author describes the

Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle: Hunter, Clare: 9781473687936: Books

 (mostly untutored) textile work of various embroiders who used the skill of stitching cloth as a way of attempting alleviate and hopefully transform their pain. Its a beautifully written book and well worth reading. 

I can understand this mode of self soothing .

Recently I’ve taken to stitching out my anxieties and find it really helps  to use  hand eye coordination to feel more grounded.

stiched up . embroidered self portrait

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