Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I've Been Thinking About You. (part 1)

Yesterday I mentioned that I had joined an a sewing circle called, "I've Been Thinking About You."  What's really interesting about it is that it's International.  So, people all around the world decide that they are all going to stitch on the same day, somewhere between noon and midnight. The first one took place on January 13, 2010.

I'd originally planned to stitch up a quote from a love letter written during the Victorian Era.  However, before I sat down start stitching I decided to read the news online.  An hour and several tears later, I sat back thinking about nothing other than the destruction and pain being experienced in Haiti.  Suddenly my romantic quote seemed so trite, so I decided to stitch something about Haiti.

Getting ready.  (You'll notice my cheesy template I mentioned yesterday.)

The image I chose to stitch came from the 1964 edition of the World Book Encyclopedia.  It had a 4 page article on Haiti.  I read the whole thing, and thought to myself, sadly, not too much has changed for Haiti in the last 45 years.  As my attempt at social commentary, I left the map exactly how it was in the book.

Progress shots.


It's not done, but it's getting there.  The most time consuming part is going to be the fill stitches on the land part.

 Oh yeah!  There's one more thing I need to get out of my system.

That popped into my head the second I heard about the theme.

For more information about the Sewing Circle.  Visit the official site HERE!


threadstar said...

beautiful tribute (and thanks for the song clip...(made me smile!) I love the thoughtfulness in your Haiti project and that you read up on the country...I have traveled to Haiti and work often in Haitian art , the metallics you chose are so appropriate to the folk art of Haiti, which makes it all the more special as these are people who are continually suffering from the natural disasters, political disasters, and out and out greed which is destroying a beautiful island and it's people...bravo...well done!

MafiosaGrrl said...

Thank you so much! I love Haitian folk art. One of my favorite classes that i took recently was- Cultures in Latin America and the Carribbean. We spend a whole bunch of time on Haiti and I fell in love with the artwork. Basically it just succeeding in making me want to take more classes about it and travel! I saddens me to see the blatant disregard that our society has for those who are less fortunate than others. Kind of along the same lines, have you ever seen a movie called "Life and Debt"? It's great I would highly recommend it to you. It's mainly about Jamaica but it's very powerful when you realize just how organized the world is against these countries succeeding.

Liz Watkin said...

Just ran across you blog after someone mentioned on Stitchin Fingers - love it! Also looking to join the thinking about you stitchin circle. Keep it up!