|Resilient Stitch / Claire Wellesley-Smith
London: Batsford, c2021.
- Conclusion: a resilient textile
Other artists featured include Amy Meissner, Lynn Setterington, Ruth Singer, Angela Maddock, Bridget Harvey, Raisa Kabir, Alice Kettle, and Willemien de Villiers. All of their websites are worth checking out!
There is a timely and fascinating community project included in this book, the Covid Stitch Journal. She had participants responding in stitch to various prompts during lockdowns, and the results are compelling. Wellesley-Smith has examples of the stitch journal on her website so check it out to see the idea behind this project.
I enjoyed this read, although it's not the kind of textile work I like to do myself. Still fascinating, though: the connections between stitch and well-being are clear in this text. I loved the way she ties making with locating yourself in your own community as well. If you're interested in the way textiles can shape our experiences and create resiliency in ourselves, check this one out!