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Making Mends

Mark Newport's avatar Mark Newport

Textile and skin are intimately connected. Physical proximity causes sweat and strength, dirt and fear, love and cologne to move from flesh to cloth indiscriminately. While cloth protects skin either can be cut or torn. Stitches are the means to aid healing and measure the intensity of the wound. But stitches pierce cloth and skin wounding again, in an effort to aid healing and minimize scarring. Scars in cloth and skin may reflect the aggression of the initial wound and/or the sensitivity of the person who repaired them. These works begin when I cut a hole into the cloth. The hole is then filled by weaving with needle and thread. The repairs are made using traditional textile darning and mending techniques learned from studying European and American mending samplers. Whether the area of repair is immediately visible or camouflaged, mending these holes leaves a scar that speaks of vulnerability, intimacy, and futility. .

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: Dimensions variable.
  • Medium: Mending and Embroidery on muslin, cotton, and wool.
  • Width: Dimensions variable.
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: Dimensions variable.