Turkish breakfast, Aya Sofya, The blue Mosque and a family wedding along the Bosphorus River! All this plus a meet up with Turkish artist Damla Yacin to collaborate with me on the, "How is it Possible," project. Damla and I talked about art, the history of quilting, the fashion industry and women in the workforce while we embroidered together at a small table in the cafe of the Istanbul Modern. I picked the Modern to meet because I thought it would be fun to embroider in public there and the current show, The Event of a Thread: Global Narratives in Textiles, wad on exhibition. One of the pieces I really responded to was Sabire Susuz's piece entitled Shopping. Made entirely from clothing labels pinned to a backing, the pieces is compelling from a distance but even more interesting close up." The shark depicted in "Shopping is a representation of the vast and wild appearance of the ocean as well as the consumptive urge of daily life. That urge to buy more, buy fast, and feel superior by possessing... "
Sabire's piece was spot on and totally in the spirit of what I am trying to do! It was fascinating to see what Turkish fiber based artist were up to.
This week I will be working on the project at the 307 Maker Space on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. The space will give me an opportunity to lay out all 8 strips and I am excited to see how they all fit together!
Georgia Rowswell is a mixed media artist living and working in Cheyenne WY.