The other day I had a wonderful visit with my beautiful friend Tessa, who has cleverly transferred her comics images to patches of fabric. She signed mine all special-like:
Her use of fabric to display her art reminded me of an exhibit I visited twice this month on First Thursdays at 49 Geary, "The Wonder of You" by Orly Cogan. There were massive quilts filled with pastel stitchings of nude figures, zoo animals, lots of drugs and cupcakes. My friend Sean called it "very born-again Christian":
I love everything about reclaiming the domestic arts for decidedly undomestic means. Why embroider "Home is Where the Heart Is", when you could be quoting Charles Bukowski or making an anti-war statement? I particularly like this group of anarchist knitters responsible for this fine piece of work:
Crafty ladies I salute you.
Masha Gessen is the author of *The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia*, which will be published in October. In the July issue of Har...
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