Guide These, My Hands

Artist Danielle Hatch and poet Traci Rae Manos with their public art installation, Guide These, My Hands at Train Station Park, 400 S. Main St.

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Guide These, My Hands is a sculpture in fabric, embroidery thread, and steel created by sculptor Danielle Hatch and poet Traci Rae Manos. Traci’s poem Foothills Healer is hand-sewn into a continuous ruffle made of 126 yards of weatherproof nylon. The artwork honors the compassion and resilience of the women of Northwest Arkansas and celebrates traditional folk medicine practiced in the Ozark Mountains. The magenta fabric evokes the flower of the wild burdock plant, known for its medicinal properties. 

Poem embroidered into the artwork...

Poem-Image

The following videos and photos document the fabrication and installation of the artwork...

Embroidering the poem onto the fabric.

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Embroidering the poem onto the fabric.

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Installation at Train Station Park

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Special Thanks

Thank you to the 22 volunteers - all women living in Northwest Arkansas - who helped embroider the artwork.

  • Michelle Baker
  • Meredith Bergstrom
  • Keely Brice
  • Diana Cascante
  • Chelsea Carskaddon
  • Maria Conroy
  • Charlotte Darling
  • Tabbitha Easley
  • Nicole Hansen
  • Kristin Johnson
  • Alice Kelly
  • Rebecca Kelly
  • Kirsten Mason
  • Tara Norwood
  • Anna Peterson
  • Jocelyn Peterson
  • Steph Piston
  • Trisha Posey
  • Loretta Radeke
  • Karen Sasine
  • Rikki Skopp
  • Bethany Smith

Thank you to the translators of the poem into Spanish and Hmong:

  • Jimena Fernandez
  • Dr. Lou Cha

Thank you to the fabricator of the steel frame:

  • Emily Baker