The Fates Are Talking

The Fates Are Talking

28.02.2021 - 04.04.2021

Whitehouse Gallery & Project Space, Belgium
Project space: The Fates Are Talking by Stéphanie Baechler

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

Image - Clotho holding a punched card with 12’500 stitches

Clotho holding a punched card with 12’500 stitches

Image - Installation view

Installation view

Image - Installation view, Project space - Whitehouse Gallery, Picture by Hugard & Vanoverschelde

Installation view, Project space - Whitehouse Gallery, Picture by Hugard & Vanoverschelde

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Installation view

Lachesis: “You better spin an algorithm, people are starring at the screen anyway now.”

Image - Speechbubble, alumnium, embroidery, Size: 83 x 55 x1,5 cm

Speechbubble, alumnium, embroidery, Size: 83 x 55 x1,5 cm

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Atropos transforms into CARE and start to scream: “We need more modesty, humility, honesty and humanity!”

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Image - Clotho: I can spin a filament 10 times thiner than a hair.

Clotho: I can spin a filament 10 times thiner than a hair.

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The Fates Are Talking

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“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.”

Image - Changing ‘Schiffli’ (Backthread)

Changing ‘Schiffli’ (Backthread)

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Image - I was punching the text myself and deciding about each stitch length - movement of the needle

I was punching the text myself and deciding about each stitch length - movement of the needle

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Testing threads, needles, tension, speed…

Testing threads, needles, tension, speed…