This week, as I was stitching up the last of a Paper Stitches notecard order, the lyrics of “Putting It Together”, sung by Barbra Streisand on her Broadway album (back in 1985) kept playing in my mind. I used to have the actual vinyl album, when I had a record player to play it on. But sometime between 1985 and now, I’m afraid that record player and the album have gone bye-bye, as my 3 year old grandson would say.
The song is all about creating art. Bit by bit. Piece by piece. Putting it together. Amidst and in spite of naysayers who don’t get it. It’s also about being true to yourself and being willing to put yourself out there – in your art – for all to see.
So much of the work that we do here at Longsmith Cottage is about creating – if not art, then at least our vision of it. We invest a lot of ourselves into it. Paper Stitches encompasses photographs and poetry, and stitches that put it all together. Bit by bit. Piece by piece. The art of making art.