fiber crafts

we’re not human, 2015.

This newest stitch was made for a friend + was inspired by the song “Birdland” by Patti Smith. 

Let the ship slide open and we’ll go inside of it
Where we are not human, we’re not human.

The song itself was inspired by the memoirs of Peter Reich, “A Book of Dreams.” Reich’s father was a controversial psychiatrist and inventor in the late 1940s who was imprisoned for his work, dying in prison a year later. The moment described in the song comes after his death, when Peter, a teenager at the time, imagines seeing his father return to him in a UFO.

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Aslı Alkan, Childless Complete Woman, 2016 

“After learning how to stitch from my aunt who is around her 50’s now, I have decided to make her portrait. I have imagined her in her 30’s. Her life was not that easy, had depression issues since I know her. She loves reading, handcrafts (master of many types), traveling and crossword and never got married. On the wall there is ‘childless complete woman’ poster (ode to one of our politician’s statement about ‘childless women are not complete’).”

This piece took nearly two months to complete! If you would like to see more of her Aslı Alkan’s work, check out her instagram. She is based in Turkey. 

I always joke that I ‘knit my feelings’. 

But the truth of it lies in the fact that while I won’t be able to work on my mental health I can still knit a few rows while laying in bed.

While I worry about drowning my feelings in alcohol if I can busy myself with a project.

I won’t spend money on a vice when I can spend it on yarn.

The joy I get from giving a gift to someone I love, who has sat with me when I have been sad, listen to me while I was mad, and helped me when I called, is the best thing I can do for myself.

And its the whole circle starting over again. They might need matching gloves.