THREAD was presented during the spring edition of the 2017 Textile Symposium by Textielcommissie Nederland. During the intense 10 minutes a story unfolds in the language of body, textiles and music.
First there was a dot The dot continued into a line The line became a thread — an offer of possibilities The thread was wound upon itself — looping layering enveloping — Forming a sphere of potential The sphere Marked a place in space Just being there It appeared to be resting Lengths and lengths of potential concentrated in A dot in space Was the dot lonely? Was there some longing for a touch? Was it even Self-aware? You stood there Watching the sphere of potential Considering the possibilities It is hard to know where to start The perfect loops layered upon one another Didn’t reveal any entrance No opening No way to get a grip Perfection does not tolerate deviance The end (or was it the beginning?) slipped out of the sphere Breaking its perfect self-containment You grabbed this trace of imperfection And suddenly There was No you No sphere No separation No vain hopes No uncertainty No loneliness Potential deserves its name For it can be realised Your hands Knowing what to do Continued looping going in going out As you moved along A new beginning (or was it the end?) started growing Marking the work of your hands Marking your connection with the potential Marking that you have been In this world Some call it art Some call it craft In the end it’s just life You saw the potential and realised it. The Dutch version of this poem appears in a publication Studies in Textiel: Kunst en Textiel by Textielcommissie Nederland ISBN: 9789082128864