Thursday, 26 June 2008

Sampler and The Bard

Well it was mid-summer's night a couple of days ago, and thanks to Jason for lettting me know about the mention of a sampler in Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream, from Act III scene II... Helena conversing with Hermia.

"Lo, she is one of this confederacy!

Now I perceive they have conjoin'd all three
To fashion this false sport, in spite of me.
Injurious Hermia! most ungrateful maid!
Have you conspired, have you with these contrived
To bait me with this foul derision?
Is all the counsel that we two have shared,
The sisters' vows, the hours that we have spent,
When we have chid the hasty-footed time
For parting us,--O, is it all forgot?
All school-days' friendship, childhood innocence?
We, Hermia, like two artificial gods,
Have with our needles created both one flower, Both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion,
Both warbling of one song, both in one key,
As if our hands, our sides, voices and minds,
Had been incorporate. So we grow together,
Like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
But yet an union in partition;
Two lovely berries moulded on one stem;
So, with two seeming bodies, but one heart;
Two of the first, like coats in heraldry,
Due but to one and crowned with one crest.
And will you rent our ancient love asunder,
To join with men in scorning your poor friend?
It is not friendly, 'tis not maidenly:
Our sex, as well as I, may chide you for it,
Though I alone do feel the injury."

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

MC's for Life

Hi's been a while! Life, work and travel have all got in the way of any recent posts. Not that I'm complaining. However, ideas and connections for how the project might progress have all been whirring away in the back of my head. I've got some of the audio tracks and films of the first "sampler " workshop, so there will be some highlights of each day appearing over the next couple of weeks - I promise! I met with the embroiderers today to catch up and plan our next session - a day of stitched consequences in July. It was great to see everyone again, and the continued passion for the project.

But in the meantime, continuing on that spoken word element of the project I just got an e-mail flyer for the MC's for Life events taking place in Birmingham and Manchester this weekend. So if you happen to be there and there are any tickets left..make haste. A great line up of MC's..including the likes of Black Thought (the Roots), Lord Finesse and one of my favourite female poets Ursula Rucker.

Women are the beating heart of the sampler project and discussions about women, sister, mother, daughter have been re-occuring themes so far. So here's Ursula Rucker's What a Woman Must Do and another one of my favourite tracks with 4Hero - Loveless.