Marks Of Resistance: Indigenous Embroidery will go live online December 21st. Winter Solstice begins a new cycle in indigenous time keeping of the four seasons and 13 moons as beginning and end points in a year. So, I’m tasked with creating a space to make instructional videos.
I’ve turned my Momma’s bedroom into a sewing room. She fell on the floor in this room and broke her hip which resulted in her death a few days later. It’s also in this bedroom that she isolated herself and her broken heart while becoming a working alcoholic. It wasn’t until after my Momma’s death and I cleaned out all the dresser drawers that I realized just how broken hearted she was. My only regret in life is not understanding her pain while she was alive. She was such a remarkable person to create beauty from pain as she did. She could design and sew anything, out of any fabric using both hand and machine stitching.
Her dying prayers were for me to share our stories of creating color from plants, flowers, nuts and insects plus stitching and embellishments with the world.