For one of the final projects before she died, New York artist, Louise Bourgeois recycled her old clothes into poetry. "Ode â l'Oubli" ("Ode to Forgetfulness),' is her beautiful fabric book. Its a tactile diary of her long, trans-Atlantic life. "I want to re-experience the past, I try to reconstruct it. ... Sudden recollections that are awakened by the senses tell you more than emotions that are too vague or too overwhelming or too intractable,"
Well-used fabric has that ability to embody both a communal, historical moment and a local, specific story. Inhering in fabric is the fabric of our lives.