Stitch Theory

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 a 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 within a gift economy and drawing on the work of scholars such as Barbara Browning, Helene Cixous, Lewis Hyde, Fred Moten, Jennifer Nash, P.A. Skantze and Susan Stewart, interacts with ideas around the extending of extratextual temporalities, fugitive study, creative forms of resistance, reciprocal practices of devotion and radical ethics of care. 


Thus far I have stitched quotes from texts by writers including Barbara Browning, Helene Cixous, Ashon Crawley, Ella Finer, Matthew Fink, alexis pauline gumbs, Stefano Harney, Saidiya Hartman, Katja Hilevaara, bell hooks, Luce Irigaray, Audre Lorde, Nancy K Miller, Fred Moten, Amber Jamilla Musser, Emily Orley, Flora Pitrolo, P.A. Skantze, Vanessa Skantze and Simone Weil.