Artist Statement

Using simple stitches and relying heavily on the tradition of boro cloth (Japan) and kantha cloth (India), I take old and discarded garments, and remake and repair the cloth. As there are two main elements in my embroidery, cloth and stitch, so there are two major themes in my story, context and faith. Various pieces of cloth layer together in the same way that various elements connect in my life to create the context in which I live. The heavy and repetitive stitches connect the pieces of cloth, acting as the element of faith. Each stitch, repairing the old cloth and adding a new element to the story,  is a statement of belief that what is broken can be repaired and what is separate can be connected.

(photo credit: Greg Laychak)

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