Tiger Mending

Okay, bear with me.

I know this is a blog about hand embroidery, but I am going to take you someplace really great. Grab a cup of tea for this one.

This is a painting by Amy Cutler, called Tiger Mending.

ac_tigermending_dWriter Aimee Bender was so moved by this image, she wrote a short story inspired by it (pdf here). It was originally published in Black Book, I stumbled upon it in The Best American Non-Required Reading 2005.  I found this quote from the story  painted in an old sketchbook of mine:

“That’s the thing with handmade items, they still have the person’s mark on them, and when you hold them, you feel less alone. This is why everybody who eats a Whopper leaves a little more depressed than they were when they came in. Nobody cooked that burger.”

This is a really short story, about a cup of tea long. I am offering a money back guarantee that you will gain something from it.

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~ by rubi on February 23, 2009.

One Response to “Tiger Mending”

  1. rubi,
    thank you for this haunting story. i love the uniqueness of the end, that the seamstress is relieved by the knowledge that the tigers tore themselves open and her sister is upset by the knowledge and somehow empowered by it. your work is beautiful and i look forward to your posts.

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