n Image & Text : a Journal for Design - Dream weavers : horned animal autobiographies and pointured forms
|Article Title||Dream weavers : horned animal autobiographies and pointured forms|
|© Publisher:||University of Pretoria|
|Journal||Image & Text : a Journal for Design|
|Affiliations||1 University of Johannesburg|
|Publication Date||Jan 2014|
|Pages||186 - 211|
|Keyword(s)||Antelope, Celtic magic, Horned animals, Horned mysticism, Lace, Pointure, Pointured, San cosmology, Shamanic, Snare, Spinning, Sxis mundi, Sympathetic magic, Textile, Textile mysticism, Therianthropic figures, Threads of light, Trance and Weaving|
Elizabeth Wilson (2004:378) discusses the magical properties of textile media in relation to items of clothing, affect and perception. In this article, I take this enchanted sensibility further in a discussion of the strong confluence of stitched and woven (pointured) forms with horned animal mysticism, discussing the historical and contemporary beliefs surrounding horned animals in both western and African contexts in relation to, and as an influence on, the mysticism relating to pointured mediums.
I invoke Jacques Derrida's (2009 :301-315) critical term "pointure", which stems from the stitched practice of cobbling. Two sub-metaphors employed by Derrida (2009:302-307) in his extrapolation of this term bear weight in this context: his constitution of the word "lace" (derived from the shoe lace), and his perception of a haunting implicit in the relation of the original shoes, to the painted shoes, to the viewer. Following this looped notion of lacing and haunting, I argue that the vacuum made by the stitch is a haunted site invested with themes and experiences of human frailty and desire; filled precipitously by the yarn, a wished for end is sympathetically effected.
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