Monday, March 1, 2010

Baker's Dozen

About two months ago, I sat down with my friend, KC, a poet and collage artist. You can see and read her work here. She gave me some poems to read, and I gave her some of my artwork to look at. We decided to try to combine our artistic voices.

At top is an image of my embroidery of one of her poems, "Baker's Dozen:"
Pretty is a pat on the head,
The folds of the body she swims in
and from which she is fled.
Pretty is a pat on the head.
It isn't the form that locates her dread,
it's the distance from whom she's been.
Pretty is a pat on the head,
the folds of the body she swims in.

We did end up talking a bit about swimming, which is a sport I have no talent for (I think you all know by now how I feel about running). We agreed that an undercurrent of water ran through a few of the poems. 

I stitched this poem on a piece of an old bathing suit that never quite fit. I actually have had it since I went to summer camp as a teenager. It always seemed old fashioned to me, and was intended for a body with more curves than mine.


  1. Hi from New Zealand, it is pretty cool, love the soft colors Cheers Marie

  2. Thanks, Marie. I checked out your needle felting on your blog - quite lovely.

  3. this is wonderful. would love to see a picture of the whole swimsuit!

  4. Unfortunately, I did not take a photo of the swimsuit before dismantling it!