Patched futon cover, indigo cotton with kasuri fragments, and sashiko stitching, c1910-1930
I'm featuring this Japanese textile piece from Selvedge's Utility Issue (05) as it seems an appropriate metaphor for the day. It accompanies an article by Stephen Szczepanek:
"In general, the process of deconstructing, re-constructing, layering, stitching, reinforcing and casting-off was a continuous and ongoing process. Recycling grew to become a kind of domestic tradition, and the lifetime of a single garment from its inception to its final incarnation.....could span generations."
From that I am trying to take strength as we move into a new political era. We're about to get a patchwork government and I can't help thinking that the country would be a better place if that quilt were stitched by women. Instead I feel Cameron is hogging the blanket and we're not going to have a great end result, but as evidenced in this piece of Japanese textile art, the most beautiful things can happen by working and re-working.
That's what I'm going to tell myself.