This week, I’m off to the University of Idaho to present my research paper, “Cloths of Fate: Inter-weavings of Finnic Goddess Embroidery with Ancestry and Mythology” at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Region American Academy of Religions, Society of Biblical Literature, andAmerican Schools of Oriental Research (PNW AAR/SBL/ASOR). The University of Idaho, founded in 1889, looks beautiful and I’m excited to be visiting it for the first time while I attend the conference.
I’m thrilled about this conference for a number of reasons: my research for this paper resulted in original findings(!)—a scholar’s ever-present desire, the opportunity to listen to guest speaker Dr. Kimberly B. Stratton, the welcome gathering with other academic friends and colleagues, plus anticipation for all the things I will learn! Art and Religion is PNW AAR program unit where I will be presenting my paper. Uncovering the links between Finnic goddess embroideries and specific solar goddess mythologies has been an absolute joy!
As part of this research endeavor over the past few months, there has been a parallel journey on learning how to recreate a Finnic goddess embroidery. Just trying to figure out which textile piece or pieces that I wished to use as guides led to a lot of deliberation as well as many attempts on enlarging photographs while trying to retain sharp detail. The photograph of a Finnic goddess embroidery to the left is part of a Russian collection. It’s one of the two that I picked to draw a design from.
Look for my paper here on MythWoman after I return from the conference. I will also post pictures when I finish my recreation of a Finnic goddess embroidery. Here’s my in-progress work on that (hoop marks and all):
Thanks, as always for your support! Share what you think of my project thus far. 🙂