Stacey Rozen

Curating the Embroidery Group

10 Million Masks invited me to stitch together a group of hand-embroiderers in the creation of art masks. As curator, I have gathered a mixology of voices and stitching styles, gently holding space for kindred spirits. Collaboratively, we have shifted the noise of facts ‘n stats towards meaningful story sharing about the making and wearing of cloth masks. Each stitch has been threaded with loving-kindness. I’m honoured to be included in this initiative and exhibition.

Gail, Nell-Louise, Gill and I have used words as visual imagery. These art masks inherently have a call to action that can be read by the observer. Just breathe, be kind, this too shall pass and join the revolution speak as banners worn as facial coverings.

Gina, Erica and Lisa’s slow stitches are mindful meditations, calming the wearer and viewer. Lebuseng and Lauren’s hold elements as symbolic meaning makers. Lerato’s bright neon colours attract attention. Megan’s intricate beadwork adds layering to the embroidered base. Bev’s beaded entanglement is experimental artistry, questioning process versus function.

Adele’s free motion machine sewing wows with her masterful technique. Stitch’s crochet flowers offer blossoms of joy. Nomfundo’s embroidery reminds us to bee/be kind.

Stacey Rozen | October 2020

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