Paint­ings in­spired by Post-it note doo­dles; con­tem­po­rary indige­nous artists; em­broi­dered his­tory of oil.

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Af­ter nine years of needle­work in her Cal­gary stu­dio, San­dra Sawatzky has com­pleted her Black Gold Ta­pes­try (page 29). In­formed by the Bayeux Ta­pes­try in both its artistry and sto­ry­telling, the Black Gold

Ta­pes­try re­counts how hu­man ad­vance­ment has been fu­eled by oil—across thou­sands of years, nu­mer­ous civ­i­liza­tions and 220 feet of linen—from the dis­cov­ery of bi­tu­men in Iraqi marshes, to the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of the in­dus­try felt to­day around the world.

“[The Bayeux Ta­pes­try] set me to mus­ing what epic story of to­day might be told in an em­broi­dered ta­pes­try,” Sawatzky said of the tale she has stitched to­gether. “And then I thought about oil. It changed the mod­ern world in the same way that the Nor­man in­va­sion changed the course of his­tory.”

More than sim­ply il­lus­trat­ing a com­plex global his­tory, this vis­ual saga also raises ques­tions about how our in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity is mov­ing to­wards a shared en­ergy fu­ture—one that is both un­cer­tain and ex­cit­ing.

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