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Sewing Poetry Into Thrift-Store Clothes!

By Harriet Staff

A Miami artist, Agustina Woodgate, has been “Poetry Bombing” clothes in local thrift stores by sewing snippets of poetry into them. It’s awesome. Click here and here for some background on how this came to be, as well as a video of Woodgate in action. Woodgate’s work arises from a movement known as See Beautiful. Its mission statement:

See Beautiful™ was designed to empower women to see the beauty they inherently possess and empower all to see the beauty in the world.

Pop culture would like us to think beauty exists in, or is defined by, reality t.v. shows, airbrushed models on magazine covers, or manikins in storefront windows . In an effort to capture some of the beauty that exists in each of us and all over the world, See Beautiful™ has started a movement. Will you join us?

Here’s Woodgate’s website, where she states the following:

Places and Objects are alive, we make them alive, they tell our stories and tales. Sewing poems in clothes in a way is giving the garments a voice. We are in relation — with others, with things, with the world. This being-in-relation, is a way of perceiving, a mode of moving, a narrative of global truths designed by cultural fictions. Sewing poems in clothes is a way of bringing poetry to everyday life just by displacing it, by removing it from a paper to integrate it and fuse it with our lives. Sometimes little details are stronger when they are separated from where they are expected to be.


Posted in Poetry News on Friday, July 8th, 2011 by Harriet Staff.