Saturday, June 23, 2012
"Small Stories," a fiber art exhibition curated by Joetta Maue, opens today with a reception from 6 to 9 pm at the Urban Alchemist Design Collective in Brooklyn. My piece titled 31 Days is in the show.
31 Days, by Bonnie Sennott (2012), linen, cotton embroidery thread, dowel rod, 31 inches height by 16 inches width
31 Days began as a way to get myself in my studio every day. For 31 days I purposely wrinkled a piece of linen, then stitched the wrinkles, alternating white thread one day, black the next.
Whether in our clothes or on our skin, wrinkles are something we usually want to get rid of. Instead, I made them the focal point of the work. And as I stitched the wrinkles, I grew more and more fond of them. Their meandering lines made me think of veins, paths, and especially my own aging skin and life's fragility and unpredictability.
This week I began another embroidered artwork that I'll work on each day for 28 days. For this one, I'm embroidering one circle a day, a total of seven rows of four circles each. I'm using seven colors in all and a different stitch each day.
If you happen to be in or around Brooklyn, I hope you'll come see the "Small Stories" show. It runs through July 22 at 343 5th Street.