What a wonderful experience we had on a Saturday morning in late September. Personally, I could have stayed all day, stitching away.... It was so liberating not having to be so precise in what we were doing...back to being a "koutourou" girl !....by the way, the Cypriots in the group, of both Greek and Turkish backgrounds, worked out that this word is truely Cypriot and not from either mainland Greek or Turkish..and means bodgey,random, ad hoc or not so good.
Artist Marie Watt believes that every persons stitch is like a fingerprint and so travels the world setting up sewing circles for some of her works.
Marie's latest work ,again, uses old woollen blankets ..(See photos of her previous works here http://pdxcontemporaryart.com/watt#o ).This piece, from what I understood, will represent the Native American custom for women to incorporate jingles on their jingle dresses:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jingle_dress. From what Marie told us the women have to "earn" jingles before they sew them on to their costumes. Each jingle has a wish written inside and if a particular jingle falls off their costume during the jingle pow wow dance ,then, that wish comes true...We all got to write our wishes in the jingles which are to be sewn on the middle section of the piece. Marie is unsure as to how the piece will look when finished or when it will be finished...we know what this is all about !!! Depending on when it is, it will be exhibited in Denver , Insights in Santa Fe or at UC Davis Art Museum.
If you would like to read a local article on Marie, please click on the link below...Maro
We were really lucky with the weather too as it was only in the low 30's and not too muggy in the morning...don't think it would have been too pleasant touching all that wool if it had been any hotter !!
Thank you to all involved setting up this event , a truely memorable experience...