Long Life

Long Life is a reflection on a year spent studying and practicing end of life care. Marking the end of this intensive period, Nellie spent the month of June 2023 in residence at the Icelandic Textile Centre where she began to weave together the traditions of her two fields of practice: clothing making and spiritual care.

Long Life is the first step along a path of creating garments for sacred life transitions. For this work, Nellie used silk dyed with Alaskan Lupine flowers to create a set of ceremonial pajamas to hold her body at the time of her own eventual death.

This work was presented at the Icelandic Textile Centre (Blonduos) in June 2023. 

Photos: Marisa Krangwiwat Holmes, taken in Nellie’s home garden