essay · history & philosophy · quotations · weaving

Weave Truth with Trust

I've seen weavers tackle all kinds of interesting materials. Beyond the traditional linen, wool, silk, or cotton, you can find weavers creating fabrics from paper, wood, metal, and more. But what in the world does it mean when someone claims to "weave truth"? The injunction to "weave truth with trust," however, stands as the motto… Continue reading Weave Truth with Trust

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essay · ethical fashion

Guest post on Tuesday Justice!

My longtime friend Michelle Palmer has co-founded an excellent site called Tuesday Justice. Focused on questions of oppression, equality, and freedom, Michelle and her co-editor, Channon Oyeniran offer ways to engage these important matters of justice on ordinary days and in everyday ways. This week they've asked me to write about how justice relates to… Continue reading Guest post on Tuesday Justice!

essay · textiles in literature

The Lessons of Craft

In the college English courses I teach, Homer's Iliad and Odyssey form our core texts. Students write in response to the timeless stories and use the speeches of Achilles, Nestor, Ajax, and, of course, Odysseus as lessons in rhetoric. These lessons are particularly rich in the Odyssey, as cunning Odysseus must talk his way into favor… Continue reading The Lessons of Craft

essay · textiles in literature

A clew to the past

"Desynonymy" is the curious term Samuel Taylor Coleridge applies to the growth of human languages. In Chapter IV of his Biographia Literaria  (1817), Coleridge argues that "in all societies there exists an instinct of growth, a certain collective, unconscious good sense working progressively to desynonymize those words originally of the same meaning [...]." Similar divisions… Continue reading A clew to the past