Spindle 7 was a year-long project in which I carried wool and spindles in my bag while I road the #7 train from Queens into Manhattan. I would spin on my spindle and, if anyone seemed interested, I would engage people in conversation about what I was doing. If they seemed especially interested, I carried extra spindles and wool so I could teach them to spin and send them off with their own equipment. I created this project because I had a theory that, among the diverse population that rides the #7 train, we shared a common heritage of working with wool with our hands. This proved to be true. As I spun, people began to tell me their stories about spinning. If they didn't spin themselves, their mother or their grandfather did. Bringing this ancient technology onto the train, which was filled with people using the latest technology to disengage from their surroundings, had the effect of revealing a very simple truth - we are all more connected to each other that our superficial differences suggest.
Spindle 7 was funded, in part, by The Queens Council on the Arts re-grant program. The Spindle 7 video was shot by Marcia Connolly and edited by Susan Forste.