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In March, I created a series of embroidered virtue names. The work continues within a new format. To be paired with a sister piece, sins. The above photo was taken last week, it’s come a good way since then. Slow and steady and all that.

GRACE noun, verb, graced, grac·ing.
noun

1. elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion, or action: We watched her skate with effortless grace across the ice. Synonyms: attractiveness, charm, gracefulness, comeliness, ease, lissomeness, fluidity. Antonyms: stiffness, ugliness, awkwardness, clumsiness; klutziness.

5. mercy; clemency; pardon: He was saved by an act of grace from the governor. Synonyms: lenity, leniency, reprieve. Antonyms: harshness.

8. Theology .

a. the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
b. the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them.
c. a virtue or excellence of divine origin: the Christian graces.
d. Also called state of grace. the condition of being in God’s favor or one of the elect.

Recently I cut a page out of a magazine, a simple illustration with the text “Everything Is Going To Be Ok”. There is currently a proliferation of this type of positive messaging in visual media. A reach towards comfort, positivity and perseverance. In uncertain times, as we learn the world won’t always bend to our will, it’s something to hold on to. And we’re holding on indeed.

It takes me back to my fascination with virtue names, in particular, the names made “common” by the Puritans. Names like Faith, Hope, Grace, Honor, Joy, Charity & Patience. It’s a curious burden for a child, a woman, to carry such a label through life. Yet it is also a simple and beautiful reminder of  the traits we once, and seemingly still do, wish to develop in our children, in ourselves.

Simple affirmations, comfort and reassurance.

‘Hope’ – Cotton Embroidery on Linen.