Working On My 9th #tinypricks

Working on my 9th #tinypricks

We were having dinner with friends and Jon was talking about The Army of Good and the work he’s been doing at Bishop Maginn High School and at The Mansion in response to the 2016 election.  Then Ellen asked me what my reaction to the election was.

But it took me till the next day to realize how my art has changed since 2016.  My Show Your Soul Posters,  Flying Vulvas, and Yoni Trees are all a result of my focusing more on women and women’s issues thanks to having a misogynist in the White House.

And then, of course, I’ve been participating in The Tiny Pricks Project.

It’s been a while since I made a #tinyprinks. That’s because lately, I haven’t been listening to the news.  Sometimes the news becomes overwhelming to me and I have to take a break from it.

But when I found out that The Tiny Pricks Project was going to be at The Foundry in West Stockbridge MA, which is about an hour away, I got inspired. Jon and I are planning on going to the gallery this weekend and I want to bring a #tinypricks with me.

For a while, I’ve been wanting to make a #tinypricks using the quoteShe had blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”.   Trump used it to describe Megyn Kelly when she was asked a question about him calling women “fat pig, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals” during the 2015 debate.

There are many Trump quotes that I could use, and many of them more recent.  But for me, this one says so much about Trump’s feelings towards women.  And even though quite a few people have already used it, I think it bears repeating.

I’ve been saving my tampon strings and using them in my art since 2007.  So when I thought to embroider this quote, replacing the embroidery thread with my used tampon strings seemed a natural thing to do, especially with the very red hankie I had.

I was a little surprised at how empowering it feels to stitch those words in my own blood.  Like I’m not only reclaiming them, but all the ignorant and demeaning things that men have said to me personally throughout my life about women and menstrual blood.

Anyone can participate in The Tiny Pricks Project.  Find out how here. 

And if you need a hankie to embroider your #tinypricks on, I’ll be happy to send you a few, just email me here. 

 

The quote, red hankie, and used tampon strings.

 

 

 

 

My Seventh #tinypricks, “I Would Like You To Do Us A Favor, Though….”

It’s the simplicity of this quote from Donald Trump’s phone call with President Zelenskiy, trying to get him to investigate Joe Biden in exchange for monetary aid to Ukraine, which makes it so powerful.

Powerful enough to launch the impeachment process against Trump.

You don’t have to know anything about politics to understand it. Like a line from a mob movie, it’s meaning is clear and obvious, You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.  

As I see it, this is the Trump finally getting caught in an illegal and unethical way of behaving that has worked for him his whole life, inside the White House and out.   And for once, he is being held accountable for his actions.

I thought this hankie was just right for the quote because it’s a souvenir of the Captial.  But also because of the phallic nature of the Washington Monument as a symbol of the toxic masculinity of Donald Trump.

There always seems to be another quote from Donald Trump worthy of a  #tinypricks.   One of the things that I love about #tinypricks is the inherently feminine collaborative nature of it.  Everyone is invited to be a part of it.  You can find out how here.  

And if you need a vintage linen to embroider your #tinypicks on, I’ll be happy to send you a few.  Just email me at [email protected].

My Seventh #tinypricks, “I Would Like You To Do Us A Favor, Though…”

Embroidering my latest #tinypricks.                  Photo by Jon Katz

I was inspired by our president, once again, to make a new #tinypricks.

The words I chose this time are the now-famous ones from the phone call between Donald Trump and Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the President of Ukraine.  Trump was trying to get Zelenskiy to investigate his campaign rival, Joe Biden by threatening to hold back aid to Ukraine.

I would like you to do us a favor, though...”

These simple words are a loaded innuendo and the perfect example of how Trump operates.  They’ve been compared to the kind of language a mob leader would use.  And they have launched the impeachment process that we are now experiencing.

You can find out more about and how to participate in #tinypricks here.  And if you need a vintage linen or hankie to stitch your tinyprick on, I’d be happy to send you one, just email me at [email protected].

You can see my six other #tinypricks here. 

Proud To Be A Part Of #tinypricks

My Tiny Pricks.  A Donald Trump quote stitch on a vintage Hankie.

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.

If you’d like to participate in the Tiny Pricks Project, you can read all about it here.

And if you have a quote, but not a hankie or linen to stitch it onto, I’ll be more than happy to send you one.   I couldn’t think of a better use for them.  Just email me here at [email protected].

You can see all the other Tiny Pricks here. 

 

Seeing The Tiny Pricks Project In Person

Jon and Zinnia at The Tiny Pricks Project at The Foundry in West Stockbridge MA

It was powerful to see The Tiny Pricks Project in person after seeing photos of it on Instagram for so long.

I couldn’t help looking for mine.  The exhibit is also going on in Miami right now so not all the #tinypricks are at The Foundry, the gallery we saw them at today.   It took a while for me to find mine with all the others, but I did see three of the ones I made.

I loved my work being a part of that floor to ceiling mosaic.

One of the things I love about #tinypricks is how, from a distance, the exhibit appears soft and colorful and visually intriguing.  It’s only when you get up close and see all the embroidered Donald Trump quotes that you feel the true power of the exhibit.

And when you know that each piece was hand-stitched by different people from all over the world it has an even greater impact.

Although Tiny Pricks is the genius of Diana Weymar, she has brought so many of us together through it. And we all, those of us who participate and those who view it, benefit from it. I dropped off my 9th #tinypricks at The Foundry today.

Tiny Pricks will be at The Foundry through the weekend of the 21st when they will be having a voter registration event.  They are also open on Tuesday evenings and provide materials so people can get together at the gallery and create their own Tiny Prick.

One of my #tinypricks (I think my rhetoric brings people together) with all the others.
This #tinyprick really touched me. I think it’s in the loving way the woman was embroidered and just how harmful those words are coming from someone who has the kind of power that a United States President has.
Another view of the exhibit

 

Joann’s Contribution To The Tiny Pricks Project

Joanne’s #tinyprick.  You can see it and all the other Tiny Pricks on Instagram, click here. 

When Joann bought the last of my wool and a Flying Vulva Decal she sent a note asking if I could include a hankie or linen for her to stitch a Tiny Prick on.

She had an idea to use one of Trump’s tweets concerning the impeachment proceedings.  So I went through the box of hankies that Cathy sent me which had belonged to her mother.  Cathy wrote in a note that I might be able to use one for a #tinyprick.

Thank you Cathy, so far I’ve used at least one myself and shared a few others with people who also wanted to be a part of The Tiny Pricks Project

When I saw the hankie from Washington DC I just had to send it to Joann.  I sent her a few other hankies too, so she could make her own choice about which one to use.

A week or so later Joann sent me this photo of her #tinyprick. 

She did such a great job, spacing the words around the  US Capitol and other buildings. And I love the way she used the red and blue thread.  A perfect #tinyprick really.

If anyone out there would like to make a #tinyprick and needs a vintage hankie or linen to embroider a Trump quote on, you can email me here at [email protected]  I’m happy to share the linens that people have been generous enough to share with me over the years.

You can find out how to participate in Diane Weymar’s Tiny Pricks Project here and see all the #tinypricks including Joann’s here.

 

My 8th Tiny Pricks “Playing In The Sand”

My 8th #tinypricks

It still seems crazy to me that our president can say things like  “There’s a lot of sand there for them to play with” referring to people fighting and dying in wars and a few weeks later most of us don’t even remember it.

I think that’s one of the reasons why the Tiny Pricks Project is so important.

Because these things that Donald Trump says, as president of the United States, are too cruel, thoughtless and potentially dangerous to just be forgotten without any consequence.

It was only two weeks ago that Trump made this comment referring to the fighting between Syria and Turkey and the attack on the  Kurds when Trump pulled the US troops out of Syria.  But I know that  Trump has used enough outrageous and dismissive language about so many other events that are happening since then that something he said two weeks ago almost seems like years ago.

This is my 8th contribution to #tinypricks.  And by now I know, unfortunately, that I’ll be making many more.

Anyone can participate in The Tiny Pricks Project, click here to find out how.

And if you need a hankie or linen to stitch your quote on I’ll be happy to send you one.  Just email me at [email protected]

See all the #tinypricks here. 

Tiny Pricks At The Chiropractor

I took my #tinypricks to the Chiropractor’s office today.  I usually have a bit of a wait so I figured it would be a good place to finally start stitching the words on the Tiny Pricks I came up with a couple of weeks ago.

This #tinypricks is from Trump’s quote about the fighting between Syria, Turkey and the attack on the Kurds after Trump announced the US would be withdrawing troops.  His quote is:

There’s a lot of sand they can play with there.”

I get inspired about The Tiny Pricks Project every time I go on Instagram and see what other people are doing.  It truly is a creative political community.

You can be a part of it too.  To find out all about it click here.  And if you need a hankie or linen to stitch your quote on, I’ll be glad to send you one, just email me here. 

My 8th Tiny Pricks, Playing In The Sand

The hankie for my next #tinypricks.  A duck, pig, and bear, three separate nations, playing in the sand.

“So there’s a lot of sand there they can play with“. Jon read the quote from Donald Trump out loud as we sat in the living room drinking tea after dinner.

I had heard Trump say these words earlier in the day on the radio, referring to the fighting that is going on between Syria and Turkey and the attack on the  Kurds since Trump pulled the US troops out of Syria.  But hearing them again an instinct kicked in that caught my attention.

“That’s a tinypricks quote“, I said to Jon and asked him to repeat it while I grabbed a scrap of paper and wrote it down.

In my studio this morning I began working on the quilt I started yesterday.  As I was looking for the right color red for the quilt, I stepped over the overflowing box of linens on my floor and thought of the President’s dismissive and condescending words comparing war to children playing.

That’s when the small collection of children’s hankies that I have came to mind.

Even though my fabric isn’t well organized, I do have an idea of where things are.  So I emptied the basket I use to stash the “special” linens, and there it was, just what I was looking for.  Although I didn’t specifically remember it,  my heart beat a little faster and what felt like a small current of electricity ran through my body.

It felt magical, like the basket had produced exactly what I needed.

The small hankie had an embroidery of a bear, a pig and a duck (three separate nations) dressed in bathing suits, with their shovels and pails, playing in the sand.

This will be my 8th #tinypricks.  I am grateful to Diana Weymar, once again, for providing this form to work in and to be a part of this creative protest.

You can make your own #tinypricks,  click here to see how.   And if you need a linen or hankie to stitch it on I’ll be happy to send you some.  You can email me at [email protected].

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