Southern Hemisphere Meets Thanksgiving Scarf

by Mary DeArment November 01, 2015

Silk scarves speak to women the world over, and a chance meeting with a fellow textile artist from Australia was no exception. Luisa modeled this scarf with her son, Xavier, vacationing in Portland, Oregon. When I explained that the design on the scarf is made with the word THANKSGIVING they both exclaimed that they don't have Thanksgiving in Australia. There ensued a rich discussion about Giving Thanks and Thanks Giving—which are really more accurate descriptions of the design's “translation.”


Shown here is the scarf design made with the words THANKS and GIVING. At article end be prepared for the spoiler -  the visual translation.



Thanksgiving is an American holiday and a desirous human condition. Split the words apart and all kinds of provocative discussion is inspired. What does it mean to give thanks? Is "thanks" something that can be given? When we say we give thanks, we are actually acknowledging that we feel thankful. Giving thanks is active because giving is a verb; thanks giving is a state of being. How do you express thanks? As thanks can be given, so it can be received. How do you receive thanks? The artist tangled up these two words because the concepts of giving and thanks are inextricably entwined. After all, is it possible to give anything without a sense of thankfulness? And whenever you express thanks is this not in and of itself a gift?


If this reads like a writing prompt, it's because this author is more interested in the readers' thought and heart process than in making a statement. Send comments to FB or twitter and let's get a dialogue going.

Mary DeArment
Mary DeArment



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Mary shown here in limited edition Earth Soul scarf with homegrown nasturtiums. Sarasota, FL, 2015

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