Forming Common Threads examines how storytelling informs, inspires and transforms our lives. I’ve taken stories of strong women from history and myth and used them as a form of antidote to the belittling, toxic and hurtful comments I grew up with.
Traditionally myths, histories and all the best stories have been a means of communicating deep truths about human existence. Many of these tend to be cautionary tales such as: beware of candy houses in the forest. The stories I find most appealing, however, are those about overcoming obstacles through courage, tenacity, and a willingness to look beyond the obvious. To me, these are the type of tales that form a thread of ideas with the power to inspire me to move forward.
When I was young, I was often told things like, “Girls can’t do that.” Instead of allowing such stifling comments stop me, I’d study historical examples as a form of psychic Band-Aid for the hurt. Looking at the accomplishments of women like Amelia Earhart or Nellie Bly, I’d think, “Wait a minute. They didn’t let being female stop them from flying an airplane or writing exposes.”
As I watch the growing momentum of the #MeToo phenomena lift veils of silence, I am awed by the power of the simple but brave act of telling one’s story. The more often these stories are revealed, the stronger the fabric of truth.
|Title||Forming Common Threads|
|Artist/Creator||Mari Eckstein Gower|
|Place of Publication||Redmond, WA|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Inkjet printing|
|Number of Images/ Illustrations||11 illustrations|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Modified stitched drumleaf|
|Medium/ Materials||Linen, silk and paper threads|
|Paper Stock||Mohawk Superfine cover, Japanese Tarasen patterned papers, vellum|
|Number of Pages||48 pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||8 x 11 x 1 inches closed.|
|Edition Size||Edition of 40|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed and numbered edition|