Bookmark featruing P.A. Skantze's quote 'comprehenders never enter the woods' from Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth Century Theatre (2003), Routledge. Stitched 2017.
Notebook cover featuring P.A. Skantze's quote 'Immedicate gratification does not coexist with the tempo of discovery' from A Good Catch: Practising Generosity (2007), Performance Research, 122.
Bookmark featuring Flora Pitrolo's quote 'We may just need to set our own rules if we want to set the opaque alight' from Future, Future: Some Reflections on the Unhappened as Archival
Category (2015), mnemoscape, 2.
Bookmark featuring Barbara Browning's quote 'A book is a love letter to a Dear Reader who will never get it. But somebody else will.' from Amaranth Borsuk's The Book website (https://t-h-e-b-o-o-k.com/definitions/). Stitched 2018.
Handmade book featuring Vanessa Skantze's quotes 'In that moment where no one had to be anything anymore. Just there.' and 'I will continue, bearing the sorrow and cultivating the sweetness, reminding myself to love what I love.' from Selkie (2018), Red Mare. Stitched 2019.
Bookmark featuring the quote 'I believe that I am fucking neccesary' from Arthi Chandra's Manifesto (2019). Stitched 2019.
Artwork featuring P.A. Skantze's quote: 'What changed? Me, I think but also, as these pages narrate, I had learned to participate as a spectator, to wait for cues, to grasp the string. What had appeared as innocuous doorways filled with too much detritus became weathered thresholds to be lingered in. A niche? The passageways behind the altars where pilgrims follow a site-specific progression round the central action?
The passing on of knowledge an "historical metaphysic" yes, but also, a companion volume worn in the hand, directed to the ear, where the mix of the heat of staged memory and the contemplative action of theorizing offer something not at all religious and something very like devotion.' from Itinierant Spectator/Itinerant Spectacle 2013), Punctum Books. Stitched 2018.
Pillow featuring P.A. Skantze's quote 'a world dependent on the reciprocity of making precious and letting go' from Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth Century Theatre (2003), Routledge.
In November 2017 I attended performance collective High Fidelity's annual festival. I was invited to perform a 7 minute intervention in response to a provocation from River Bullock, who is a PhD candidate in Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. River’s provocation called for us to consider how we might care for one another within the possibilities for affective community provided by sonicity and movement. For my intervention I sat and stitched a small vine in the corner of the recently finished pillow featuring P.A. Skantze’s quote. As I stitched I sang a song I had written in response to Jennifer Nash’s article Practicing Love: Black Feminism, Love-Politics, and Post-Intersectionality. The chorus of this song is “So this is a love letter to myself, I promise I will love you like I love everybody else. This is a love letter to my friends, I promise I will care for you again and again and again.” In singing this song as I stitched I sought to frame my act of stitching as a practice of care or love, for both myself and the recipient of the work.
Above black and white photos (c) Blonski Cruz 2017. You can find more of his work on his website here:
Participatory embroidery performance at the Found Performance Undisciplinary Symposium at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, June 2018.
Stuart Wood and Alex Mermikides for the Centre for Medical Humanities: "The symposium was documented and accompanied by Storm Greenwood, an artist who works with the slow careful method of embroidery. Delegates too were given the opportunity to embroider, mark and then gift a handkerchief. And embroidery, threading, interweaving and gifting became pertinent metaphors for a symposium that brought together those whose research and practice straddles and blurs the arts and medicine, healthcare and humanities."
Read more about the day and the other amazing offerings at here.
Stitched and hand printed panel featuring quotes from Nancy K. Miller's My Brilliant Friends (2019), including quotes from Nancy K. Miller, Carolyn Heilbrun, Naomi Schor and Dianne Middlebrook. Stitched 2020.
Hand stitched paper room (watercolour paper, embroidery thread and watercolour paints) featuring quotes from the work of Helene Cixous. This is one of the twelve paper rooms that form the installation aspect of my practice-as-research project The House That Text Built (2018). The project has two main components; the first is an embroidered paper house and the second was an accompanying essay in which I wrote through the house and toward the scholars whose work was embroidered into each of the twelve rooms.
Bookmark featuring quote from Matthew Fink's Allegorical Bear poems (2017). Stitched 2017.
Work in progress photos
Manuscript featuring quote from Ashon Crawley's 'The Lonely Letters' (Duke University Press, 2020). Stitched 2020 as part of an ongoing practice-as-research project on devotional citation.