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. 

 

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].

Sharing Linens For The Tiny Pricks Project

#tinypricks  By Carol Beck

I’ve made seven Tiny Pricks, and each time I do, I offer to send hankies and linens to anyone who wants to make one themselves and needs a linen to embroider it on.

A few weeks ago Kathy sent me a box of vintage linens.  I used one of them to make a #tinypricks with a quote about Gretchen Thunberg.  Then I got an email from Carol.  She wanted to make a #tinypricks and needed something to embroider it on.

So I went through the box of linens from Kathy and my stash of hankies and picked out a few to send her.

A few days ago Carol sent me this photo of the #tinypricks she stitched on Kathy’s linen.  I love how she used the same color thread as the flowers on the linen.  It gives it a sense of history as if her words were always there.  It seems a timeworn truth, depicting the true character of Trump.

Diana Weymar’s Tiny Prick Project is a collaborative one.  It depends on people participating in it by stitching quotes from Donald Trump on vintage linens which are then hung all together in galleries around the country, making a powerful statement.

My being able to participate, not only by creating #tinypricks but by sharing the linens and hankies that other people have given to me, feel as much a part of the project as a finished piece.  Because it is in keeping with the collaborative and cooperative spirit of #tinypricks.

And when I think of that single linen, used to help give voice to Carol and her art, I think of its original intent and how it’s original owner couldn’t have imagined that, with the help of four other women, it would become a piece of art and history.

If anyone else out there would like to make a #tinypricks, and needs a linen or hankie to stitch it on, just email me here at [email protected].  I’ll be very happy to send you some.  For more information on how to participate in The Tiny Pricks Project, click here. 

My Sixth Tiny Pricks, Inspired By Greta Thunberg

My 6th #tinypricks 

“...Sarcasm is actually hostility disguised as humor.”  Psychology Today

“sarcasm, “a cutting remark,” comes from a Greek verb, sarkazein, that literally means “to tear flesh like a dog.”  Merriam-Webster’s Student Dictionary. 

Greta Thunberg’s speech at the United Nations Climate Change Summit on Monday must have really bothered Trump.  It’s obvious by his sarcastic and demeaning tweet to Thunberg.

I personally never learned how to deal with this kind of bullying.  It’s one of the reasons that it thrills me to see that 16-year-old Greta Thunberg isn’t fazed by it.  She knew just how to respond to the bitter and childish taunt made by our 73-year-old President.

But then she is leading a Climate Change Movement in 150 countries.  She doesn’t really have time for Trump’s nonsense.

When Trump tweeted  “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future.”  “So nice to see!”  Greta’s brilliant response was to take Trump’s words and reclaim them for herself by using them as her Twitter Bio.

And those are the words I chose to embroider for my 6th #tinypricks.  Because they say so much about Thunberg and Trump.

I found the perfect linen to embroider them on in a box of vintage linens that Kathy just sent me.

The embroidered sailboat was already on the linen. It is, of course, making reference to the boat that Thunberg sailed to the United States on from England to  “avoid the greenhouse gas emissions that come with flying on a commercial jet.”

If you haven’t already watched Greta Thunberg’s intelligent and moving speech at the UN Climate Change Summit you can watch it here.

If you’d like to know more about or participate in the Tiny Pricks Project, click here.  See all the Tiny Pricks here. 

And if you need a linen or hankie to stitch a #tinypricks on, I’d be happy to send you some.  Just email me here at [email protected]

Making my Tiny Pricks

 

My Fifth Tiny Pricks “Age of Trump”

Age of Trump, my 5th Tiny Pricks

I see Tiny Pricks as a creative protest.

Each time I find the perfect linen to go with the right Trump quote and add it to the other Tiny Pricks made by women all over the country, I feel like my voice becomes a little louder.

I could send an email to the White House, but I know it will fall on deaf ears.  It’s so much more satisfying and empowering to create a small protest on an old hankie that will not only last longer and reach more people, but documents a moment in our history.

This is my fifth Tiny Pricks. I believe in the power of art and in the power of words.

When I see the pictures on Instagram of over 1000 Tiny Pricks hanging together, I think of what a single pinprick feels like, compared to how a thousand must feel.

 

 

My Fifth Tiny Pricks

The hankie I’m using for my fifth Tiny Pricks

I pulled this hankie out of my stash last week.  When I saw it I just knew I’d be able to use it for a Tiny Pricks at some point.

If found the perfect Donald Trump quote quicker than I would have thought.  It came from a tweet he made last Wednesday…

“When the ‘Age of Trump’ is looked back on many years from now, I only hope that a big part of my legacy will be the exposing of massive dishonesty in the Fake News!

In his narcissism, Trump wrote of the “Age of Trump” as if it would one day be seen as a time of glory.

I don’t want to try and imagine what that world would be like.  But I have hope that the “Age of Trump” will be seen as the end of a way of thinking and behaving.

Lots of people had fun responding to this tweet, so I thought I’d have some fun too.

I’ll stitch the words “Age of Trump” right in the center of this hankie, with baby blue thread.  That little boy, threatening anyone who gets in his way, seems to me the perfect metaphor for the “Age of Trump”.

 

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