Resistance

“…we must not normalize our current political situation.” - the artist

The First Flag of Resistance, 2017. Hand embroidery on re-purposed pillowcase, 30 x 19.5 inches. NFS

The First Flag of Resistance, 2017. Hand embroidery on re-purposed pillowcase, 30 x 19.5 inches. NFS

I am a fiber artist working in several areas: temari (embroidered thread balls, a traditional Japanese art); knitting (original designs, wearable art); and embroidery. These three works (one full photo and one detail photo each), using stitched text and simple imagery, are part of a larger collection of resistance artwork I have been making since Inauguration Day 2017.

The First Flag of Resistance, 2017 (detail)

The First Flag of Resistance, 2017 (detail)

This larger body of work comprises the three pieces submitted here plus 100 smaller pieces that have been assembled into two large Cloths of Resistance, plus two more (at this point) Flags of Resistance. A recurring element in many of these works is the phrase "THIS IS NOT NORMAL," which I stitch every day.

Hands Off, 2018. Hand embroidery on antique table linen, 29 x 22.5 inches. $500

Hands Off, 2018. Hand embroidery on antique table linen, 29 x 22.5 inches. $500

This is not to suggest that there is some magical "normal" from which we have deviated and to which we should return, but rather to remind myself on a daily basis that we must not normalize our current political situation.

Hands Off, 2018. (detail)

Hands Off, 2018. (detail)

About the artist:

India Tresselt is a fiber artist from the Champlain Valley in northwestern Vermont. She explores color, pattern, shape, and texture in three different forms: temari (embroidered thread balls, an ancient Japanese art), embroidery, and handknitting. These techniques are all linked by the use of yarn or thread and the slow, detailed, and meditative process of handstitch.

A serious knitter for many years, she has worked in a yarn shop, taught knitting and temari making, and designed patterns for handknits. More recently, she has returned to a childhood pastime—embroidery—to create work that is both personal and political, employing stitched text and simple imagery to comment and reflect on issues affecting our country and our world.

She is a member of Vermont Hand Crafters, Inc., and serves on the Board of Directors of that organization; the Vermont Crafts Council; the Surface Design Association; TAFA: The Textile and Fiber Arts List; and Artizan Made. Her work may be found in Vermont at Grand Isle Artworks, as well as online on her website, Etsy, Facebook, Instagram, and the Made on Monday website. She has exhibited her work at several venues in Vermont, including the Hartness Library at Vermont Technical College and Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, and her resistance artwork has been featured many times in The Nation magazine’s OppArt blog.

To view more work by the artist, please visit www.yarndancevt.com. You may also follow the artist on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Yarndance, as well as Instagram @yarndance.


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