Unspoken; a yarn installation by Debbie Barrett-Jones

The Leedy Underground Gallery

Music credit: Brian Rio | Video credit: DBJ and BR

During the fall season, I cannot help but take time to reflect on the past. This past First Friday in October marked three years since I worked on the biggest and hardest project of my career, Unspoken; a yarn installation. I created this 38,000 hand-dyed thread installation to be a sanctuary for anyone that needed time to slow down and find a calming moment during our super busy lives for the Main Gallery at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. This project gave so much to me but it took a lot from me as well. I won't go into all the details about it here. But I will say that it has been extremely hard for me to think about this installation. As wonderful and beautiful it was to be apart of the making of it and enjoying it while it was up, it was one of the saddest things for me to take it down and in some way, I haven’t recovered from that...

Recently I have thought about ways I can get past some sort of block I have had since deinstalling it. I wanted to find ways to heal from it and be able to grow.  Then it came to me, "what if I faced this yarn installation again and install them back up, not all 38 pieces, but a little at a time. And be able to spend some time with it again..." So that is what I have have done. Back in October, I worked on putting up one part of the installation, my lighter colored threads and just recently I switched them out to put the darker threads up installed at the Leedy Underground Gallery located downstairs at LVAC. 

If you enjoy this installation, please consider giving a $5 donation online to the Leedy Foundation or by using the Dip Jar located in Jim Leedy's Room. Leedy-Voulkos Art Center has given me so much for the past 15 years to help me become the artist I am today. Stop by upstairs in Jim Leedy’s Room to find out more information about the Leedy Foundation. 

I sincerely thank you so much for all your support!!


 (Unspoken; a yarn installation by Debbie Barrett-Jones | November 2016 | Photo Credit: Eg schempf)

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