"My great-grandmother Berta, from Hungarian Transylvania, taught her four daughters to embroider; just as generations of mothers before her had learned from their mothers. As I grew up, the embroideries of my great-grandmother, along with those of my grandmother and great aunts punctuated our home, grounding those of us living in the United States in the traditions and expressions of our ancestors’ homes. Here in Argentina, where two of my great-aunts settled, and where Berta herself passed away, the homes of offspring also are enlivened with this link to our identical heritage. In the newer generations, across the continents, the ability to embroider, design, sew—the ability to express oneself—has expanded and evolved just as our grandmothers’ designs and embroideries expanded and evolved in their new homes. The stitches not only hold us to our heritage, they inspire us into our futures. All scans of original Hungarian embroideries and patterns used for the collages are from our family's personal collection, as are the family photographs." - Alex Appella
Transient Books, Alex Appella
Family, ancestry, heritage, culture
8 x 8 inches
Flat back binding.
Colorspot Nieve paper, ink
Full-color collages printed on an Epson Ink Jet Printer
Apella, Alex, "Stitches" (2008). Rollins College Book Arts Collection. 35.
This work was featured in the Cornell Fine Arts Museum as a part of the exhibition “Common Ground: Selected Works from The Rollins Book Arts Collection” from September 18, 2021 – December 31, 2021.