This book explores the concept of an invisible mend, contrasting the mend of a garment with the attempt to mend a relationship.
A darning stitch is a sewing technique used for repairing worn areas in fabric, an attempt to make the repair as neat and invisible as possible to restore a piece of clothing to its original state. Instructions and diagrams for darning are printed on overbeaten abaca paper. On cotton paper are images of fabric alongside with a narrative of a marriage. The cotton spreads are visible beneath the translucent abaca sheets, juxtaposing this story against the clear and straightforward instructions for mending clothing.
The images of torn cloth are created using the blowout technique, further emphasizing the moments of damage and wear both within the fabric and within the relationship.This book explores the concept of an invisible mend, contrasting the mend of a garment with the attempt to mend a relationship.
ink, HM paper, book board, cloth
About the artist:
Sue Carrie Drummond is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Millsaps College in Jackson MS. Recently, she was awarded the Artist Book Residency Grant at Women’s Studio Workshop. She was both a studio assistant in papermaking at Penland School of Crafts and the artist-in-residence at Minnesota Center for Book Arts during the summer of 2015. She received her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her work is held in special collections nationwide.