April 15, 2013

The Unknowable

the unknowable - front
stitched by fade theory

I'm floored by the beauty of this Roland Barthes quote, as stitched by fade theory, which reads as follows:

I am caught in this contradiction: on the one hand, I believe I know the other better than anyone and triumphantly assert my knowledge to the other ('I know you-I’m the only one who really knows you!'); and on the other hand, I am often struck by the obvious fact that the other is impenetrable, intractable, not to be found; I cannot open up the other, trace back the other’s origins, solve the riddle. Where does the other come from? Who is the other? I wear myself out, I shall never know.
—Roland Barthes, from 'A Lover's Discourse'

Quoting from Roland Barthes in an embroidery piece? There's really no end to you guys' creativity. Gorgeous work, fade theory!

Hi, I'm floresita, editor of Feeling Stitchy. I'm an avid stitcher, knitter, and crafter. You can see more of my stitching on Instagram and my blog. My vintage transfer collection is on Vintage Transfer Finds.

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  1. This is a simply breathtaking piece. You are amazing, fade theory!

  2. Wow, beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

  3. Wow, thanks for featuring The Unknowable here! And such kind words. It was a great learning experience, and I blogged about it: http://fadetheory.com/?p=3087 Looking forward to doing more embroidery in the future!