Friday, April 06, 2012

Last Day of 31

Last Day of 31 Days_1

Today is my last day of work on 31 Days. I've been stitching wrinkles on linen with cotton embroidery thread for 31 days—although they weren't 31 consecutive days, because I decided not to take the piece with me when I went to visit my mother in Florida.

Last Day of 31 Days_2

The idea was to get myself into my studio for 30 days in a row by devising a piece that I would be able to work on every day no matter how little time I had available for art. I "marked" the days by alternating between white and black thread. The number of days expanded to 31 because I wanted to begin and end with white, which necessitated working an odd number of days.

Last Day of 31 Days_3

I'm really starting to love stitching wrinkles. They're something we usually don't want, whether on clothing, or on our bodies, or in our plans (an exception being Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, of course). But the more you look at wrinkles, the more interesting and beautiful they are. As I worked on 31 Days, I found myself thinking often about fragility and ephemerality and the passing of time.

It's 16 inches wide and 31 inches long and will be hung very simply, on a dowel rod. In keeping with the idea of fragility, I'm leaving the edges of the linen raw. I hope to have final photos soon, but not this weekend—too many other things to do.

I hope you have a joyful weekend!

6 comments:

KPiep said...

What a fascinating project!

Shelda said...

Can't wait to see it all revealed!

KnitNana said...

I think this is lovely beyond words. And wrinkles usually AREN'T something we embrace, but here, what a different perspective you've given us!
(Glad you're back!)

Betsey said...

I love these wrinkles and can't wait to see it fully.

adrienne *+*(^_^) +*+ said...

pretty awesome and beautifully fascinating from what I can see of them (^_^)

Marykate said...

I've really loved the glimpses of this project and the other wrinkle piece that I have gotten on your blog so far. So lovely! I can't wait to see the finished object.