Each story cloth is stitched together with loving care. Before I begin stitching, I center myself in prayer and affirm blessings for each woman who has contributed their story cloth.
I am adding a red fringe to 3 out of every 4 strips in the tapestry to create a visual talking point about sexual abuse. The individual cloths are all anonymous and the fringe is added randomly.
I had been thinking about how I could add a specific embellishment that would represent the issue of sexual abuse and domestic violence in women’s lives. It was when the women at the Women’s Festival all stood up and I could SEE how many women were dealing with this unacceptable abuse, that I was so moved and I knew that I wanted to create art that would honor women’s strengths and call attention to what they were experiencing.
It is my hope that the viewer will take in the beauty of the individual woven story cloths united into one tapestry and also see that the fringe creates a strong visible story itself.
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