Anxiety Prep Drawing, 2006 ink and pencil on graph paper 8 ½ x 11 inches  

Anxiety Prep Drawing, 2006

ink and pencil on graph paper

8 ½ x 11 inches

 

 
These pieces are sewn on ready-made lace bookmarks which are available at most craft stores. They are most commonly cross-stitched as a keepsake reminder of a favorite prayer or comforting phrase. Here, a word or phrase is now homage to something darker that evokes fear and uncertainty; an acknowledgment of weakness. The text is surrounded by a network of geometric patterned stitches that creates an intricate structure of threads, binding the letters to their support. These stitches form a traditional Blackwork pattern, a type of counted stitch embroidery popular in the 15th and 16th centuries. They are executed here as white-on-white instead of the traditional black on white, which gives them a more subtle presence, and allows them to integrate with the white support fabric, thus existing as a field of texture that quietly takes over the heavier black text.