Tangled 12, 2015
Cord, cotton thread, hand-woven section stuffed with 2 felt balls enclosed in old thin mustard and black striped socks
Dealing with a parent with Alzheimer’s disease for the past eight years could be very stressful. Because my attempts with meditation were unsuccessful, I had to find a way to escape into a quiet zone where my thoughts could vanish leaving my mind empty.
Tangled 12 answered my quest. With strips of red rags, I knitted an I-cord and attached the ends into a loop. Using cotton thread, I wrapped and coiled the loop simultaneously to give it form gradually. A section was stretched open and clamped in place so I could weave a flat shape that could be formed into a pouch…a place to hide or conceal something.
The repetitive process of this series – pulling threads, knitting, weaving, and wrapping with textiles – allows my mind to wander and escape the realities of the days’ events. It invites the focus I need to become mindful of one thing.
– Ruth Daniels (Somerville, MA)