Memory Map: Roof Line, State Street
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
Grand Rapids, MI
October 2019 - January 2020
Strips of re-purposed textiles are strung into planes floating in space. The planes are a memory, how I remember the roof line of the dilapidated rental house I lived in from kindergarten through seventh grade.
The strips of textile, link more memories, the connections to the six women that raised me, who sheltered me, my mother and five older sisters, apron strings and braids, ties that bind. "Women’s Work" was something that I was drawn to from a young age. I learned how to crochet and embroidery and macrame and sew.
The reuse and re-purposing of textiles is another memory. Most of our home was hand me downs from furniture to clothing, the threadbare and worn being given one more use before being discarded.
The images here are of the house before it was demolished, captured by Google Street View in 2009. Digital models courtesy of Nicole Beaudry.
Public Thread up-cycles fabric remnants to create new products. Some of the pieces that are left are being used to create braids for this project.