Lilith’s Kiss, Laura Gail Grohe
Embroidered by Carrie Barracco
Table Runner made by Hortense Morrison
Donated by Wendi Weinberg,
Granddaughter of Hortense Morrison
While The Linens Project is my vision and my poetry, I am by no means the only artist involved, and this project could not happen without the work of others. Those who originally created these pieces were incredible artists, whose work is both intricate and beautiful. Every time I sit with a new piece I am humbled by the skill required to create it. And those friends who embroider the poems are also artists, they do far more than “just” embroider words. Every new piece involves an initial conversation between myself and the person who is going to embroider it–they play an important role in deciding how the piece will eventually look–this is a process of co-creation.
And in my haze of getting this show up for the first time two years ago I failed to include in the photograph of “Lilith’s Kiss” any of the names of the other women who made this piece. I deeply regret this error.
The table runner was donated by my Wendi Weinberg. This is a treasured family piece, made Wendi’s grandmother Hortense Morrison. When Wendi gave me this table runner it had been carefully, lovingly cared for, and Wendi gave it to me because she wanted to see it be a part of The Linens Project. I chose the poem (some might say the prayer) in part because Lilith comes out of the Jewish spiritual tradition, and Hortense Morrison was Jewish. It is an honor to have this work included in the show.
The poem was embroidered by Carrie Barracco, a talented fiber artist who has been with me for every step of The Linens Project. I asked Carrie to embroider this poem because I trusted her to honor the work of Hortense Morrison, and I knew she would do a beautiful job of embroidery. I also knew that Carrie would enjoy spending the time sitting with this poem/prayer. I love how the finished piece looks, thank you Carrie!