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One day, quite some time ago, I happened into a memorable situation that resulted in a stain. In this special case it was a wine stain, but it could also have been any stain. The awkwardness of the situation is one part of the memory, for a stain is a small wound in your dressed identity, a hole in your fabric-built "armour", but the framing of the situation as a specific moment in my life is the main part of that memory. The small spectacle that happened the microsecond before the stain was created or perhaps the stain "grew" out of this very moment was just the setting of a larger whole, a period of transformation that I look back upon as growth.
This moment became something else in my mind. The spectacle around the stain was now a particular milestone in my life, a snapshot or a still life, and the stain a direct indexical sign of a specific moment in this process.
It also happened to be an explicit stain, in the meaning that in that moment attention fell upon the stain itself. Most stains we try to forget and ignore, but that evening this special one became the subject of discussion. It drew attention to itself. The stain was not so much an awkward signifier of the situation as a topic for amiable discussion. It actually came to frame that specific time in my life, as if it was a special chemical liquid that processed my life at that moment or as if dreams were developed into tangible form through an alchemic process. And the stain was a visual proof, a magical writing, forming an esoteric and readable sign.
I kept it with me, like a treasure, my desire and my grief.
 
The Textile Punctums is a small essay on the embroidery of memory, provided in a package together with needle and thread. - download booklet [pdf]
The Textile Punctum is released in an elaborted form as a part of the Abstract Accessories collection in autumn/winter 2007.

 

textile punctum - version
     
textile punctum kit
     
prototype

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