Stained by an Artist’s Hand

In doing research for my grad paper I came across an artist who also works with stain. Erin Endicott’s work Healing Sutras is very beautiful, prescription it’s a blend of antique linens, caries stitching and ink.

“The Healing Sutras”

Antique fabrics, clothing and linens
My dowry passed down through generations
My history woven into this cloth
A fine cotton tablecloth
Lovingly mended by my great-grandmother
Becomes a little girl’s dress

Delicate cloth
Beautifully worn and threadbare
Stained by an artist’s hand
Walnut ink flowing into complex organic shapes
Subtleties of value, depth
Bringing the wound to life

Lost in the meditation of stitching
Repetition, contemplation
From within the fabric
Memories reveal themselves

Stitches, like words
The story grows
Lines graceful, unfurling
Drawing with thread
The Healing begins

-Erin Endicott

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Although her concept for working on the stains is not quite the same as mine, I am inspired by her “healing stitches.” I am planning on adding some beads to my pieces… if they ever arrive in the mail…


2 Replies to “Stained by an Artist’s Hand”

  1. These are gorgeous. Theres something about them that seems at once very controlled and designed, but also very organic and loose. The neutral tones and blood red really convey a bodily tone to the pieces as well.

  2. Yes! Some of her work has been on my Pinterest for a while but I had never seen the poem before. This is a great connection to your work even if your approach is slightly different. Also a good example of embellishment that is not gaudy.

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