A Thirty Day Stitch

January 2021 - February 2021

Karlie King

Métis artist Karlie King, located in Regina, Saskatchewan, will be starting A Thirty Day Stitch on January 5th, 2021, Wanuskewin’s first virtual residency. This project will combine stitching and meditation for one hour a day. She will be live-streaming on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am daily, so viewers can follow along and create their own art and meditate along with her.

This Residency encompasses stitching and meditation. For thirty days I will meditate using stitching as my tool to hold my attention and regulate my breath. Each day will be different. For example, some days I will explore four-count breath-work and with each upward stitch an inhale of four counts, and each downward stitch an exhale of four counts.

The patterns of the embroidery will be absolutely simple and primal – concentric rings, cross hatch, free flowing lines – so as to honour the meditation itself and not distract. 

This is the time of year for quiet solitary practices – when roots lay dormant but hold steadfast to maintain life. So, it follows that a solitary meditation practice take root in our life. The beginning of the year is also a time when many try to instill new patterns in their life.

This year has been incredibly stressful for many. There is much tension and conflict. And while all the conflict is, in my opinion, necessarily to unearth and resolve many systemic issues of oppression and exploitation, there needs to be space for quiet and calm as well. I believe that learning how to sit and be open, to listen, and remain calm is forever a skill that is helpful in the most stressful of situations. It is a skill that can be cultivated via the Arts.

This residency is funded by the RBC Foundation and supported by RBC Emerging Artists.