This is another embroidery in my Books & Needles series.
I have finally figured out that the link between them is the dream state. The folding of the books is directly linked to an actual dream. The embroideries are an attempt to induce or replicate a dream state.
The passage of time in a dream is often different in a dream. When we speak of dream time or use dreamy or dreamlike to describe something, we are speaking of a state where time seems to slow and drifts.
As you all know, I think doodles are the drawing version of dreams. Like a doodle, the embroideries are spontaneous and unplanned. The embroideries look like doodles, because they are doodles, done while my mind is busy with something else.
The act of doodling is altered by my choice to stitch rather than draw. Embroidering is a much slower process than drawing with a pen. The time spent doodling is changed, stretched as it would be in a dream.
The Books & Needles project is on view at Albina Bank .
(Detail Slow Doodle 9, click to see full size)