Mend drawing now in private collection

The ink drawing Mend comes out of my visual inquiry into the history of boro textiles in Japan (17th – early 19th century). Boro refers to clothes and household items that were patched and repaired many times. The beauty of boro owes much to the highly sophisticated stitching techniques that were used.

The “stitch” in the drawing is a visual nod to this understated and modestly beautiful aesthetic and to the larger concept of repair, mending, and making whole and useful. These thoughts were the impetus for the drawing, but I hope that each person viewing the piece will find their own personal meaning in it.