THREAD was presented during the spring edition of the 2017 Textile Symposium by Textielcommissie Nederland.
During the intense 10 minutes a story unfolds in the language of body, textiles and music.

Thread, Alya Hessy, 2017

Thread, Alya Hessy, 2017. Photo Erna Sambeek

First there was a dot
The dot continued into a line
The line became a thread — an offer of possibilities

The thread was wound upon itself
— looping
layering
enveloping —
Forming a sphere of potential

The sphere
Marked a place in space

Just being there
It appeared to be resting
Lengths and lengths of potential concentrated in
A dot in space

Was the dot lonely?
Was there some longing for a touch?
Was it even
Self-aware?

You stood there
Watching the sphere of potential
Considering the possibilities

It is hard to know where to start

The perfect loops layered upon one another
Didn’t reveal any entrance
No opening
No way to get a grip

Perfection does not tolerate deviance

The end (or was it the beginning?) slipped out
of the sphere
Breaking
its
perfect
self-containment

You grabbed this
trace
of
imperfection

And suddenly
There was
No you
No sphere
No separation

No vain hopes
No uncertainty
No loneliness

Potential deserves its name
For it can be realised

Your hands
Knowing what to do
Continued
looping
going in
going out

As you moved along
A new beginning (or was it the end?)
started growing

Marking the work of your hands
Marking your connection with the potential
Marking that you have been
In this world

Some call it art
Some call it craft
In the end it’s just life

You saw the potential
and realised it.

The Dutch version of this poem appears in a publication Studies in Textiel: Kunst en Textiel by Textielcommissie Nederland
ISBN: 9789082128864