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Fabrics and Dress Sewing Meditation Box (with Finding Center book) by Lesley Patterson-Marx
Fabrics and Dress Sewing Meditation Box (with Finding Center book)
found book, embroidery, buttons, mica, dollhouse nails, pins, fabric, found objects, archival inkjet print, collage, relief print, book board
7 ¾” x 10 x 1 ½” open, 7 ¾” x 5 ¼” x 1 ½” closed

Through the use of symbolic imagery in this artists’ book and box collection, the viewer is invited to consider the act of sewing as a means for mindful reflection and self-discovery. Inherent in the act of sewing is the power to heal the spirit and protect the body with the intention of one’s own creations. A button opens to reveal a series of embroidered mandalas. A spool unfurls and transforms into a collection of fabric butterflies, their common names identified on the back. Button motifs, printed on fabric, can be turned over to show sewing vocabulary words that empower, such as Strength and Repair. The Finding Center book opens in an accordion fold, with imagery that shares a non-linear narrative of seeking emotional balance and repair through mending and making.