Thursday, May 24, 2012

"Tell Me A Story"

I've been wanting to incorporate some words into my work these days.  Thinking about it brought up all sorts of memories of being read to, learning to read, reading to others -- as I think about it I realize how much books and reading have been an integral part of my life.  

I was read to as a child and reading became my main pastime growing up.  My adult reading involved reading to my own son, grandchildren and other children through work at schools and daycare centers and to volunteering and working with an adult literacy program. 

At one point I spent several years reading books onto tape for the blind and also read the newspaper for a radio broadcast for the visually impaired. 

This stitchery is my ode to reading.  I think I shall continue to try to tell stories - but these days I'll try to pass the words through my stitching work.  [A special note of thanks to my friend Phyllis - who sent me a piece of this wonderful fabric filled with handwriting and a drawing of a hand holding a pen - thanks Phyllis].

"As a child, what captivated me was reading the poems myself and realizing that there was a world without material substance which was nevertheless as alive as any other." - Mary Oliver


  1. Yes, reading opens up a kaleidoscope of worlds. I can't imagine life without it!

  2. A lovely journaling piece about a very important part of your life. I feel sad for people that tell me they don't enjoy reading. It was my escape as I grew up and my salvation when my husband was away weeks at a time for work, and a link to oh so many other experiences.
    xx, Carol

  3. I come from a family of readers and was so surprised to find out that so many people DONT read everything!! I love how you've incorporated words into your art. Wonderful!



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