Ninety one bobbins, informed by passage of time, carry evidence of my domestic life shared with my grandmother, my Tita Melida. Her robe, a bed sheet, a curtain and other fabric remnants found around our house, were cut into pieces over the course of several months. As we sat in our dining room cutting the pieces, we had conversations about memories of her life lived in between her sewing workshop, two children, a challenging marriage and a strong faith in God. More than six pounds of cotton cloth were transformed through the papermaking process and made into sheets of paper which were then cut into thin strips. The bobbins were wound with the paper “thread”, each one representing a year in her life.
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