I draw. And paint. I knit and crochet. Sometimes I weave and spin wool. Lately I stitch. I can feel quite fragmented in my creative life. So these stitched fragments, as I call them, resonate deeply with me. Embroidered stitches are slow in the making. They amble across small pieces of fabric, bits of ribbon and lace, collaged for a painterly surface. This is my life.

Slow stitching across found and gifted scraps, listening for the poetry of living.

Like pages in a sketchbook, each fragment is an in-the-moment response to either what I see around me, or an internal go-with-the-flow creation. They are stitched out of my ordinary life as a wife and mother living in a small town in North Carolina. In stitching these pieces I feel I’m bringing together my love for life, art, and textiles.

Jennifer Edwards


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