As part of a collective of embroiderers, I have recently worked on this small section of a larger artwork originated by Ele Carpenter and co-ordinated by Brenda Burrell. The Open Source Embroidery Project makes creative connections between our traditional hand sewing craft skills and the new(er) world of online expression and collaboration.
The piece has been separated into 30 squares, 25cm square and stitched by 17 people. These are the words we all stitched for the Embroidered Digital Commons: LIMINAL
Liminal: Interstitial, vestibular and peripheral. Far from the centre, close to the border. A zone both between and without larger structures. Liminal spaces and moments are those into which large stable structures leak animated data about themselves and the world. Things happen in liminal zones. A city carries within it the contradiction of liminal zones located in its centre, because inner cities are the city’s farthest borderlands. Liminal fringes are often the most conducive environments for the culture of memes. This is because exiled images, ideas and meanings from several stable structures mingle in the corridors between them. Here, bereft of identities and other certainties, they are free to be promiscuous and reproduce. They infect each other with recombinant strands of thought and image. At the same time, the perspective of liminality brings intimacy to bear on an exclusion. Being liminal is to be close to, and yet stand outside the site of the border of any stable system of signs, where meaning is frayed from being nibbled at on the edges. Nothing can know the centre better than the sideways glance of peripheral vision. Liminality may be acquired from prolonged exposure to the still air of airport departure lounges, thick and over-boiled tea at the Inter State Bus Terminus on the ring road in Delhi, or the sub-liminal flicker of a cursor in an e-mail message.
The piece will be made up into a blanket/quilt to be exhibited from June.