Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Textile tales

Please visit today's posting at grrl+dog in which she shares information of a remarkable museum exhibit. I thought of the poetry these scraps could inspire.

18 comments:

susan t. landry said...

marylinn, i could barely finish reading the blog entry w/o having to immediately shoot off three emails to friends alerting them to this exhibit. incredible. (i have such a passion for fabric, anyway; and that such a tiny scrap can hold so much emotional content is just mind-blowing. thanx so much for sharing this.)
xo
susan

Vespersparrow said...

Marylinn, you know how mad I am for ribbon, fabric, yarn, thread, lace--those tiny scraps pinned to the page, representing so much loss and a kind of institutional tenderness. What happened to those children? What happened to the mothers who had to give them up? Oh, break my heart, break, break. xo

Kass said...

I've already viewed her blog and referred friends to it too. So touching.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Susan - You are so welcome. As soon as I read it I knew that our circle needed to be told. Thanks for passing it along. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Melissa - I knew it would touch you and others in our community. What an extraordinary story, that those fragile bits remain, all the emotion that rises just seeing them. xo

Marylinn Kelly said...

Kass - I'm so glad you read and shared it. As we type our way around these cyber destinations,we never know what awaits.

Artist and Geek said...

Fabrics of sorrow and discarded human lives.

Robert the Skeptic said...

What a fascinating collection of textures and textiles.

grrl + dog said...

thanks for getting the word out -

there is so much in this exhibition to ponder on..

Marylinn Kelly said...

Artist and Geek - So much in scraps that have miraculously survived.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Robert - It is all quite amazing, that they haven't disintegrated and that so many of the stories are known.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Denise - Thanks for letting me share it. A friend is copying the SELVEDGE article for me. What stories...their ripples have reached so far from where they began.

Lisa Hoffman said...

The article in Selvedge made me slip on my raybans at the coffee shop. I told Grrl that eventually I realized that it was about the people trying to rescue the babes. A story of Hope that yanks out your heart. I'm exhausted all over again.....

Marylinn Kelly said...

Lisa - May I never stop being amazed at the threads, literally and otherwise, that connect lives, the stories they tell and the difference they can make. Some information just wrings us out...more than once.

Claire Beynon said...

Thank you for this link, Marylinn - I was touched by the level of attention/attentiveness in both the museum exhibit and in Denise's work.

We can never underestimate the potency of remnants, the stories and fragments that remain. It's as though the smaller pieces of our lives carry all the same ingredients of the bigger whole, in a more distilled form?

L, C xo
PS. An e- to you soon. x

Marylinn Kelly said...

Claire - I'm glad you've connected with Denise. There is much to be learned from and found in the remnants, perhaps their stories are easier to access with such specific focus.

We are waiting for Netflix to send a Japanese film, AFTERLIFE, recommended by a friend, which I understand deals with the characters being asked to recall a small moment. I am very interested to see it. xo

Antares Cryptos said...

While eavesdropping saw that you're about to see "Afterlife". Saw it a while ago and recommended it to a friend just a few days ago. You're in for a treat, poetic cinematography on life's happy small moments.

PS. left you a reply to your comment on my post and thank you.

Marylinn Kelly said...

Antares Cryptos - Eavesdropping hereabouts is always a good idea...some many things flow back and forth. I'll be over to see you.