On Sunday, February 26, 2017 the New York Times ran its first-ever television advertisement during the Academy Awards – the subject matter was truth – what it is, what it isn’t. The next day, the Times ran a full-page advertisement with a series of statements concerning the nature of truth. These two ads launched a branding effort by the Times to demonstrate their commitment to truth and journalistic excellence.
The Memory Cloth Circle, a group of women in the Madison, WI area, were meeting weekly to create needlework and fiber art. Strongly committed to the pursuit of truth as an essential element in the preservation and growth of our democracy, the Memory Cloth Circle members were inspired by the truth campaign to make a collaborative work, “Truth.” Each participating stitcher created an individual response on a vintage linen doily with hand crocheted lace borders. The vintage linen doilies of various sizes became the canvases upon which each stitcher worked.
One member noted, “When those who are currently living through this time see the word, ‘truth’, and the date, 2017, together, they will associate them with the political chaos and instability we are now experiencing.”
The Memory Cloth Circle’s members feel strongly committed to the pursuit of truth as an essential element in the preservation and growth of our democracy.
The collaborative artwork “Truth” can be seen in the Jones Gallery at the Dwight Foster Public Library during the month of September during Library hours. Please wear a mask and practice personal distancing.