FULL CIRCLE at Cary Memorial Library begins with an 8-foot circular canvas, in the image of an embroidery hoop, that is embellished by library visitors who patch, repurpose clothing, stitch, and add personal items and messages. The hoop was periodically rotated insuring accessibility to all parts of the globe, eventually bringing it Full Circle to completion. The final piece is a powerful rendition of our Earth, using mending as a repair mechanism that awakens human sensitivity to consumption environments - for making new relationships with things rather making new things. Mending regains cultural memory and richness by rebuilding working knowledge of traditional craft as it facilitates increased human well-being, self-esteem and self-efficacy associated with the pleasure of competence. As a symbol of homespun wisdom, caution and thrift, mending stitches reflect an act of care, of preserving and mending relationship.
January 6-February 28, 2020