Weaving Stories| by Anne Lee
The other night I went to a live performance of The Moth, a popular series dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Ordinary people – a scientist, a car mechanic, a baker – stood on stage and shared true life stories. The narratives ranged from funny to tragic, dramatic to pedestrian, but all shared the common theme of “Occasional Magic” – those fleeting moments in everyday experiences when the special or extraordinary happens.
It occurred to me that fiber artists also find the magical in ordinary, often unwanted pieces of material. They pick up a thread – silk or plastic, hard or soft – and tell new stories with each stitch. And my goal as an author of books on fiber art is to share these moments through words and images on the printed page.
To produce three Artistry in Fiber books, my co-author E. Ashley Rooney and I sought out over 400 artists worldwide. As we got to know them, a common thread emerged (pun intended): fiber art is about connection, communication, and conversation. It’s no accident so many metaphors from the world of fiber refer to those human needs!
And as you put on a piece of wearable art, you not only wear the artists’ story, but you add your own. How you wear it, how you combine it, where you wear it, how it feels physically and emotionally, what you want it to say to the world – all of these aspects make the piece your story to tell, while also connecting you in an elemental and human way to its maker. So wear to share your story; it’s far easier than standing up in front of thousands of people to tell it!