QUEER ENCRYPTED WEAVINGS
I identify as a white, queer, cisgender, female artist.
Each of these terms is loaded, and the list could go on.
For much of my life I passed as straight, coming out as queer at 36 at the end of ten-year partnership with a man. Before that, I never wanted to talk about sex or my sexuality - and I had no clue where to get my hair cut. In the last two and half years, I went from cautious to exuberant in my self-identification of queer.
Queer Encrypted Weavings is a project that emerges from my thinking about visible queerness, the long history of queer fiber and textile art, and the ubiquity - and invisibility - of the cloth objects in our lives.
If you are and artist or maker, and self identify as female/trans/non-binary, and queer, I invite your participation in this project. Keep reading below.
Cloth is embedded with precise and specific information: through use, wear, and stain, and also through the algorithmic, coded nature of its construction and production.
With the support of the Jerome Foundation and the Textile Center of MN, I am creating a series of weavings, each of which will contain a story encrypted into woven structure - digitally illustrated in the gif above, where the classic pangram becomes a series of twills. While illegible, the stories will be precisely coded and preserved within the fundamental structure of the cloth. The final form of the weavings will emerge from conversations between myself and each author: they may take the shape of intimate, comforting blankets; hint at other functional or heirloom objects; or be stretched and hung like paintings. A selection of these woven objects will be exhibited at the Textile Center of Minnesota in May of 2019.
Weaving is a labor-intensive, and I hope to receive more submissions that I can weave. I will also be creating a digital archive of all of the submissions I receive.