Here’s a little video of photographs from Sew and Tell (taken by willing guests and myself). It sums up the joy of the occasion, and the words of the song (“Write Your Story” by Francesca Battistelli) is my own heart’s wish. Although my husband Nigel and a huge chunk of my family and friends couldn’t be there, they were present in every loving stitch sewn and word written in each of the 15 artworks and short stories showcased that night and the days that followed.
It’s been over a month since the launch, and I am still overwhelmed and humbled by how my first narrative embroidery exhibit was so warmly received in Manila. Special thanks are in order to my dear friend Apol Lejano-Massebieau — owner of La Pomme, which was where we held the exhibit. She loved the look of my embroidered artworks published in Good Night, Lala a year ago, and proposed we do a show together. And it did happen — she is truly one of my positive prophets! To my sisters Michi Sotto and Rissa Gimenez, who supported me as I sewed, stressed, cried and recorded audio files of the stories all the way till exhibit day — thank you!
It takes a village to mount an exhibit, and I am grateful for the family and friends who offered to house me, drive me, work out with me, write about the event, take photos of my pieces, refer me to a framer, hang artworks, lend me a microphone, feed me, edit my stories, hug me, pray with me, drink wine with me, drink coffee with me, and encourage me. I thank my God every time I remember you.