It is a curious but recurring event in my life that just the right book makes its way into my hand at just the right time. I happened upon this quotation from Ed Ruscha this past weekend. (Above is one of his images.)
I like the idea of a word becoming a picture, almost leaving its body, then coming back and becoming a word again.
I had not even heard of Ruscha before (and he is, I have subsequently learned, one of Time’s top 100 most influential people of 2013) but his approach to text immediately resonated with me. I have been hooking the Annie Dillard quotation and musing the way one does when the room is quiet and the fabric slips through one’s fingers magically looping against itself on the canvas. The quotation seemed to capture that dance from word to image to implication to association to memory to longing and back again.
Love your hooked words and your font. Is this one from Wendie’s class or one you found or is it a font you designed? It’s fantastic for rug hooking. Plus I love the quote you mentioned today.
Hi Susan. Great to hear from you.
Wendie introduced me to dafont.com where I found this font and then she showed me how to trace right from the computer screen. Quite a process! We talked about placement of the words for the greatest impact-in fact the whole class was in on the discussion–but I put the words on the linen at home using my light box.
I loved the whole Ed Ruscha interview–I hope you get a chance to read it. I love when things resonate at just the right time.