28.02.2021 - 04.04.2021
Whitehouse Gallery & Project Space, Belgium
For the project The Fates Are Talking my aim was to address the textile history of eastern Switzerland through working with embroidery and text. The Fates Are Talking is a contemporary dialogue between the Greek mythological goddesses who assign destinies to us at birth. Clotho spins the thread; Lachesis measures it and Atropos cuts it. The dialogue is embroidered onto a see-through fabric piece of five meters long. The conversation reads as a critical examination of today’s global textile industry, where production quantities are high or for questionable clients but it also involves some personal stories and memories in relation to care. The giant piece was created with an embroidery machine that normally operates at high speeds with 168 needles. I decided to use only one needle, giving the work a much more individual, patient touch. The font of the text was especially designed in collaboration with Fraser Muggeridge Studio London.
At the end of the dialogue, Atropos transforms into Care and asks for “more modesty, humility, honesty and humanity!”
Pictures by Ladina Bischof and me. Project space - Whitehouse Gallery, Picture by Hugard & Vanoverschelde
Download text here.
Watch TaDA Spinnerei Presentation result from the residency (5:22 Stéphanie Baechler) 4th December 2020, livestream
Special thanks to: Adrian Gasser, Kurt Boesch, Stefan Thurnherr, Daniel Rüdlinger, Walter Sonderegger
Lachesis: “You better spin an algorithm, people are starring at the screen anyway now.”
Atropos transforms into CARE and start to scream: “We need more modesty, humility, honesty and humanity!”
“The machines are so loud, aren’t they going too fast? We are going to lose precision.” Or: “But we have to make the carpet for the Saudi Prince and continue weaving history.”