Monthly Archives: October 2012

natural pattern

Each day, each approach to this is different. Sometimes it’s a feeling, a site/sight seen, a memory, even a test of some stitch or motif.

I’ve been interested in what i call “ghost writing for a couple of years. I just never knew there was an actual term for it, until i stumbled across something similar. There’s nothing new under the sun, so i was quite surprised by the variety of examples and how they relate to what i’m doing.

Asemic writing is a wordless open semantic form of writing. The word asemic means “having no specific semantic content”. With the nonspecificity of asemic writing there comes a vacuum of meaning which is left for the reader to fill in and interpret. All of this is similar to the way one would deduce meaning from an abstract work of art. The open nature of asemic works allows for meaning to occur trans-linguistically; an asemic text may be “read” in a similar fashion regardless of the reader’s natural language. Multiple meanings for the same symbolism are another possibility for an asemic work.


Early examples of what i was doing:

“Ghostwriting” 2010

“Instinct” detail 2010

“Padded Cell:Boro’d Time” sampling ideas 2011

“Alien Twitter”, work in progress 2012

“First Communication” 2012

I started seeing patterns in what attracted me. Natural patterning, natural asemics:

salt and snow on steps like a story

the branches of rowan/mountain ash

asemic writing that will morph…..

…into the branches of a rowan


Posted by on October 25, 2012 in influence and inspiration



Sometimes when we’re tired we cheat on stitching or make mistakes. In the last 2 years i have started ripping it out and starting again (at one point i just didn’t care!) , but this time i decided to let it stay and label it as such. Part of this section was done during my stint  Tuesday downtown at an art show i’m participating in, The space was cold, drafty with the vent blowing right into the sitting area, i was tired and stiff, and only 2 people came in during the time i was plying my needle. (Business day after all: the good little workers are in their cubicles in their towers with their important papers and yogurt.)

All i could think at the time was a disgusted “Cheat! I’ll fix it later at home.”  Today as i looked at it, the word “forgery” came to mind. Okay, go with it: someone snuck in and tried to do the stitching for me–the general idea was put forth but with no authenticity. HA! Acknowledge the mistakes, make them part of the work without being precious.

Upside down as i work this section

the correct orientation (as the viewer will see it when done)

It’s also perfectly acceptable to add or change things as i go along as i have no preconceived plan for this beyond doing it, so some actual readable text was put in there with the “ghost writing'”. (That area was influenced by this sketchbook work here.)

The “forged” section isn’t as raised or textural as the “authentic” section.

The whole is very lifted in areas and crunchy with tactile work.

Next i’ll be trying different approaches to my approach! (No standing on head allowed though.)


Posted by on October 4, 2012 in process and reasoning