Textile and skin are intimately connected. Physical proximity causes sweat and strength, dirt and fear, love and cologne to embed in cloth and flesh indiscriminately. The mark left on our clothes and skin is the reminder of a story both epic and mundane that describes how we became who we are. Some of the marks left on our clothes and skin are subtle while others seem to embellish or contort the area around them. Scars in cloth and skin, distorted or delicate, can reflect the aggression of the initial wound and/or the sensitivity of the person who stitched them.

These works begin when I cut a hole into the cloth. The repairs are made using traditional textile darning and mending techniques learned from studying European and American mending samplers. Whether the area of repair is immediately visible or camouflaged, mending these holes leaves a scar that speaks of intimacy, vulnerability, and futility.