I am weaving the tapestry Men Without Limits. It’s an idea, a fascinating one. But how to weave so abstract a concept? A man on a road stretching into infinity? Prosaic, at best, inane, at worst.
Fascinated by the concept, I started off with an image from a young graphic designer because I thought that image suited the idea best. It didn’t. You see, weaving is a contemplative art, and, as you work, your mind moves on the subject at hand. Thus, while you are deciding color and technique, your mind is analyzing the subject matter and grappling with the question, “but what does it mean?”
Consequently, I scrapped the first design, and did my own. That bit of art work was soon set aside as being too chaotic, too violent. Since I don’t see most men as chaotic or violent, that went out the window and, again, the weaving was undone. So, I stopped altogether and went about my regular business.
Meanwhile, the mind, wonderful thing that it is, came to grips with a number of questions: What are men like? What does it mean to be without limits? What happens if there are no limits? Is man without limits a good or a bad thing? How can a man be without limits and function normally? Is there a man who could be regarded as being without limits? What things symbolize a man without limits? What colors, shapes, directions, and lines symbolize men? I am a Christian woman, what kind of men am I talking about when I reference the phrase “men without limits?” Am I even talking about “men” or am I just using the word as the historical grammatical representative for humanity?
Although I have been photographing the progress of the work, I won’t post any pictures here. Not yet. I want the entirety of the tapestry to stand as symbol for the idea.
The questions and ideas that flow from them lead me to conclude that a genuine man without limits is Daedalusean. If he is not, on the one hand, he winds up a monster like Hitler, Heydrich, and others; on the other hand, he devolves into a petulant momma’s boy constantly tantrumish.
When the tapestry is done, I will post the image and my explanation of the work.