Desiring Visual Texts

Part of a Guatemalan textile

My childhood was spent playing among reams of beautiful cloth and spools of thread as my mother sewed, and accompanying her to fabric stores to pick out fabric for evening gowns she would create for her friends and paying customers. So my interest was drawn, this morning, to this fascinating article on embroidery and collage in poetry, in Jacket 2: Desiring Visual Texts. It’s a dialogue with Maria Damon and Rachel Blau Du Plessis. But also, I’m thinking of ways that I can incorporate this feel for what has historically been “women’s work” [and in my case, specifically the pinay’s work to remember Philippine culture and history through dressmaking] into/with language — thread, line, texture, color, this stitching/holding-together that shapes human bodies and identity…