Notebook cover featuring P.A. Skantze's quote 'wherever your work is -- use poetry to change it - it's easy all you have to do is pucker up your lips and then bump' from Lyric Theory in The Creative Critic (2018), Routledge.
I developed the devotional citation practice of 'Stitch Theory' in 2017 as part of an ongoing practice-as-research project exploring methodologies for slow and reciprocal forms of devotion.
'Stitch Theory' exists at the intersection of art and theory and involves reading, extracting,
devotionally embroidering and gifting quotations from scholarly and poetic texts.
This work operates as part of a gift economy and drawing on the work of scholars such as P.A. Skantze, Susan Stewart, Barbara Browning, Jennifer Nash, Lewis Hyde, Fred Moten and Helene Cixous, interacts with ideas around the extending of extratextual temporalities, fugitive study, creative forms of resistance, the generative nature of longing, reciprocal practices of devotion and radical ethics of care.
Thus far I have stitched quotes from texts by writers including Barbara Browning, Arthi Chandra, Ashon Crawley, Ella Finer, Matthew Fink, Stefano Harney, Saidiya Hartman, bell hooks, Deborah Levy, Audre Lorde, Fred Moten, Flora Pitrolo, P.A. Skantze, Vanessa Skantze and Simone Weil.