This textile is what remains of my childhood blanket, Banky. Banky is a cotton blend leno striped weave textile. The binding is a synthetic satin.
As a child, my first memory of comfort was rubbing the satin binding on my upper lip. I remember it being so silky...until it caught a tiny hair and stung. I think this memory strongly informed my love of textiles. I have hung onto this blanket because it is my most valuable possession. The blanket is paired with a teddy bear, a rabbit, and another bear. In times of fear and sadness, I drag the blanket and stuffed animals out to hang onto when I sleep. In the past, I have been embarrassed about this but I don't care anymore. It wasn't until I became a textile artist that I was able to learn more about the materials and fabrication. It's given me something each step of my life.
- Kyla Sjogren