Living with Tassels & Trim

Living with Tassels & Trims, 2019 / Unique in a series of 5 / Embroidery on cloth, tassels, trims, hanger, clothing

Size: variable

I stumbled upon plastic bags filled with samples of textiles, tassels & trim when we were cleaning out my mother’s closets. The remnants found in those bags were pieces of her story: dreams of creating a space and place, a home that defined beauty, projected refinement, and what she would have clarified as happiness. 

As a young girl, I did not understand what this decor meant for her. Her decorating was an inconvenience and a pose that I found confounding. Why would my mother want these pretensions? It was a metonym for something else, unclear to me. 


After my mother’s death, I needed to keep these bags full of snippets & dreams … until the time when I could transform them into my own.

Additional thoughts: 


I designed this book after seeing an embroidery machine and understood that at long last my desire to put words to these many pieces of cloth could be realized. Subsequently, it also became the basis for the text used in my stairs installation (“I Write What I know…”). My mother’s scraps, the book, stairs & reading have become forever entwined.     


The embroideries were made possible with the assistance of Willy Duran; the machine sewing was completed with the assistance of Anderson Osmun.