I am currently working on two interrelated projects: a chapbook that explores the Glore Embroidery and my dissertation manuscript, Over, Then Over Again, Over: A Poetics of Disorder.
Both of these mixed media poetics projects explore textiles as encoded forms of textual production.
The stitched words and asemic forms examine how and why women have been historically pathologized as “mad” and how such diagnoses can render women politically and culturally illegitimate.
Embroidery can function as a powerfully self-expressive site for tactile communication that isn’t bound to the conventions of an alphabet.
Historically, embroidery was remedial labor for “mad” women; however, the use-value of such work expands beyond production and maintenance of garments.
Through poetic and stitched forms, these projects rethink textile artifacts as insights into expressions of “madness.”