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Blue & White Project
"A Book of PLACEmats"
Hand Embroidered
(1 of 6)
Blue & White Project
"A Book of PLACEmats"
Hand Embroidered
(1 of 6)
Linen and thread, Japanese indigo dyed cotton fabric
11 x 19 inches
2018

Martina Thies is German and I am of PA German heritage. These stitched pages are partly inspired by my interest in the designs of fratur, Pennsylvania-German illuminated manuscripts. In my work, I have chosen the blue flower as the symbol of connection–the flax plant has a blue flower (linen) and the blue cornflower is a national flower of Germany. Each year the queen and princesses chosen for the German-American parade (Steuben Parade) in Philadelphia wear blue cornflower tiaras.

The blue flower was the symbol for the German Romantic movement. It originated in the works of the German author Novalis (pen name), and eventually came to represent bittersweet longing. My stitching explores migration and immigration...a continuance of blue sky across the ocean...a longing for home and a longing for far away.