Embroidery

One Year of Life is Chronicled in “One Year of Stitches”


1 Year of Stitches by Hannah Claire Somerville

What would a year of stitch­es look like? Han­nah Claire Somerville is cur­rent­ly in the midst of explo­ration with her project apt­ly-called 1 Year of Stitch­es. The premise is simple—each day, she adds at least a stitch (often many more) to the same embroi­dery hoop. Day by day, the design grows, and with 2016 near­ly com­plete, Han­nah has a lot to show for it. Nes­tled through­out the sprawl­ing threads are the likes of small abstract shapes and col­or­ful char­ac­ters, each with their own sto­ry to tell.

Han­nah has chron­i­cled 1 Year of Stitch­es through Insta­gram. It’s both a doc­u­men­ta­tion of process as well as a diary—each post is accom­pa­nied by what she did that day.

The first stitch­es have been made. ——————————————– I am inter­est­ed in the impact, or mark, that an indi­vid­ual makes on a dai­ly basis. Big or small, our dai­ly activ­i­ties are often times unquan­tifi­able and intan­gi­ble. I am approach­ing this project as a per­son­al map mak­ing; the fab­ric ground rep­re­sents each day of 2016, with the nee­dle and thread rep­re­sent­ing my actions through­out the day. I will embroi­der— maybe one stitch, maybe more, (hope­ful­ly) every day and pho­to­graph the result. The embroi­dery I cre­ate will become a tan­gi­ble, visu­al account of the deci­sions, move­ments, con­ver­sa­tions and some­times lack there of, that I make each day. I hope to use this project as a means of cre­at­ing mind­ful­ness and deep­er reflec­tion upon the choic­es we make as a soci­ety. Rules and Stip­u­la­tions: 1. My fab­ric ground con­sists of a 12’’ x 12’’ swatch of unbleached Osnaburg. The thread I use may change dai­ly and I may adhere addi­tion­al types of media to my swatch with thread. 2. I will embroi­der some­thing on my fab­ric ground each day and post a pho­to­graph of the result each day. 3. It is not required that I make a stitch— some days you def­i­nite­ly do not con­tribute any­thing to soci­ety. I still must post a pho­to­graph of the cur­rent state of my fab­ric ground. 4. I am allowed to remove stitch­es, because mis­takes can some­times be undone. 5. I am allowed to begin addi­tion­al fab­ric grounds should I choose to do so. Ide­al­ly, I hope to work on the same fab­ric ground con­tin­u­ous­ly, but some­times life takes you to a dif­fer­ent place than you expect. 6. More rules and stip­u­la­tions may be added as the project evolves and lessons are learned. #1yearof­stitch­es #stitch #embroi­dery #embroi­der­yart #art #2016

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1 Year of Stitches by Hannah Claire Somerville

1 Year of Stitches by Hannah Claire Somerville