WordPlay: Words and phrases expressed as stitches on paper. WordPlay began at the Portsmouth Public Library on July 9th and ran through August 6th.
Most people think of stitching as making a mark with thread and a needle on fabric. Textile artist, Rose Mary Cullen, will, as Artist-in-Residence at Portsmouth Public Library, explore the notion of the materials on which one can make a stitch. As part of the WordPlay project she will experiment with the concept of stitching words on paper both as a record of the written word and of stitch techniques.
A key aspect of the WordPlay project is the participation of library users. Rose Mary invites you to come in and record your favorite book title, phrase or character in the WordPlay ‘inspiration’ book. This book will be available at the Main Desk of the library beginning on July 1st. On five consecutive Tuesday mornings, beginning July 9th from 10-12:30, she will stitch words and phrases inspired by you in the library lobby. Feel free to sit with Rose Mary as she stitches, and perhaps be inspired to stitch some words of your own on paper.
WordPlay works-in-progress and finished pieces will be on display in the library throughout the summer.
Rose Mary Cullen is a textile artist based in Dublin, Ireland and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She is a tutor in Embroidered Textile Design at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland and exhibits her work both here and in Ireland. She is a member of both the Crafts Council of Ireland and the New Hampshire Art Association.