Embroidered in Love
Embroidered in Love is part of a series of short films entitled “Straight Up”.
Love and loss explored through embroidery.
An experimental short poetry short shot on Super 8 Film.
Woman – Hoda Saoud
Writer/Director – Tina O’Rourke
Editor/Camera/Producer – Alan Fitzpatrick
The warp and weft of woven fabric,
creates strength in the cloth.
The blank canvas that is to be
imbued with creativity.
Excitement overwhelms in the beginning
masking the hard graft ahead.
The sweet slow beginning of the
roller coaster entices you
over and over again.
In the middle emotions spin.
The head speaking one language
the heart another.
Singular emotions cut deep into your pit,
wrenching you in two.
Whilst in the midst of transforming the canvas
it becomes you and you it.
The excitement turns to pain.
Brief moments of mundane life
become a paradise of treasures.
A place to lose yourself
between the ebb and flow of pitiful emotion.
The end is in sight.
The all-important tool,
the thin silver needle
tears through your flesh.
Yet these moments are trivial
in comparison to the whole.
The games you act out with yourself
to the finish.
Then, all too soon the final moment arrives.
The rite of passage through pain,
the last prick of the needle,
the final knot in the thread.
The moment the cloth will live with
The moment you have prayed for.
An anti-climactic moment of neutrality.
The silence of freedom where you can
hear the birds sing again.