Converting stories and joining them to form new patterns has something conciliatory and healthful to it. The new stories that are created through weaving with wool acquire a warm and soft quality. They are not told for differentiation but make bonds.
The story with feathers talks about longing: longing to be free as a bird, being able to fly and leave the limits of a familiar horizon. I used strips from songs and from a book about the history of spaceflight in combination with the feathers and wool.
The woven story with twigs is all about growing and greening. Maybe it is just a story about spring. If you want to see more woven pieces, check out this woven selfie at flickr and a pattern from weaving plastic bags.
I have changed the constitution of the GDR. I cut out all the dead and abstract words. Only few words still had life inside, sometimes just one or two words per page would still speak. I gave them hold with a red thread.
Now the text is in an almost transparent constitution, even the bondage of the thoughts within is exposed. The roots of the new text continue to be visible on the backside of the remaining words.
Here is the poem of the amended constitution. Every line represents a page.
/CHAPTER 1, Political Foundation/
in town and country clasped in the lower part
the freedom of another people
The natural resources, the mines, power stations, dams and large waters, the natural wealth of the continental shelf are fundamental
air of home
values as a matter of physical culture
/SECTION II, Citizens and Communities in the Society/
every [she] every [he]
man and woman
the church of their mother tongue
/CHAPTER 3, The Unions and their Rights/
They take part in the revolution
/CHAPTERL 4, The Production Cooperatives and their Rights/
/CHAPTER 1, The People’s Chamber/
for the duration of worry
fact of presence
on the 60th day on the 45th day on the 15th day
/CHAPTER 2, The State Council/
after the reelection
/CHAPTER 3,The Council of Ministers/
It issues names
for collective cognition
/SECTION IV, Legality and Administration of Justice/
independent – bound
being listened to
the decision to turn
The constitution changed
Before I altered the complete constitution I had ripped out some pages and changed them separately. You can see them here and here. The words that I had cut out became the base of my suggestions for an organically shaped constitution, like the one below.
At a hobby shop I discovered 25×25 cm pieces of wire mesh. They seemed perfect for stabilizing words on the loose! My first experiment was with text loops circling around the wire. It created an atmospheric 3D structure.
For my second experiment I wanted to sew the text to the wire. I cut Scandinavian troll tales into stripes, marked some with Indian ink and waxed them partially before stitching. The structure got more dense and ready to absorb some characters.
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My first word hangings are heroic legends, crocheted with wool. Have a look!