Intertwined in the soft, knit, oversized draping is where I always found the answer. There was never a problem that couldn’t be solved once cloaked in the magic powers that have nestled themselves snuggly in every stitch of this white sweater. One might wonder what such a majestic entity is called by those who know its power. This title, so lovingly given, is woobie.
Woobie (n.): A device that is used to create a sense of comfort in a time of anxiety and uneasiness. Woobies come in many forms, but the first known woobie is a white, heavy knit sweater (usually oversized for perfect snuggling).
This body of work created is an exploration of their personal relationship with the woobie, along with a cathartic journey of investigating the journeys taken by others through the use of fiber art. The study focused on the materials themselves, and the ways to activate the magic of the material. Is the magic activated upon wearing the woobie? Perhaps the user must simply adorn their personal space with these materials in order for activation to occur. Also, is this magic simply limited to the fibrous material of the white sweater, or could they possibly lie in the other materials used through this body of work. These are the questions addressed in each of the eight works fabricated on the journey of activating the magic.
Whilst perusing this body of work, keep these thoughts in mind: how does one activate the magic within the woobie? Is it better worn, or simply adorned? Is it only found in the materials presented? Better yet, what’s your woobie?