I’ve been following #tinypricks on Instagram for a while with the intention of participating, but never did till now.
The Tiny Pricks Project was created by Diana Weymar. She asked people to find quotes by Donald Trump, embroider them on linens and send them to her. She now has a growing collection and is exhibiting her Tiny Pricks Project in galleries around the country.
Weymar describes her intention for this project on her website Tiny Pricks Project:
“Like so many others, I am trying to process this presidency in a way that doesn’t involve withdrawing from following politics. This project is about witnessing, recording, taking notes in thread, and paying attention. Paying attention to his words.
This series holds a creative space in a tumultuous political climate. Tiny Pricks Project counterbalances the impermanence of Twitter and other social media, and Trump’s statements by using textiles that embody warmth, craft, permanence, civility, and a shared history. The daintiness and strength of each piece stands in a stark contrast to his presidency.”
To me Tiny Pricks is an example of the Divine Feminine at work. It’s strength comes from being direct, tenacious and creative.
I found the Trump quote, “I sorta get away with things like that” a while ago. It comes from an interview where he was asked about “bursting” into the Miss Universe Pageant dressing room.
To me the quote speaks not only to this one incident, but of so much of Trumps presidency and his life before he became president. Donald Trump is used to getting away with things. He’s good at it and from what I can see, has no moral qualms about it. Just the opposite, he embraces it.
It was a few messages that I recently got about the #tinypricks article in The New Yorker and Trump’s comments to Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna S. Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” that finally moved me to action to join the Tiny Pricks Project.
I had the quote, now I just needed to find the linen to sew it on.
So I went through my shelves and boxes and found the hankie with the red, white and blue crocheted flower and edging.
It was perfect.
I never hand stitched letters before, and didn’t have an embroidery ring, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I had procrastinated on this one too long.
This morning I sent an email with a photo of the hankie to Diana Weymar. Since she’s traveling around the county, she’s asking people to email her photos of their pieces and she’ll send them an address of where the next show will be so they can be included.
It’s a continually growing exhibit. And I’m very glad to be a part of it. She encourages people to enter more than one piece and to spread the word.
I’m doing both. The Trump quotes are as plentiful as my supply of linens.
You can see all the other Tiny Pricks here.