Jody Savin is a graduate of Princeton University and the American Film Institute, where she earned her M.F.A. Following college, she worked as a playwright and poet while supporting herself as a musical director for such soap operas as The Guiding Light and As the World Turns, winning three Daytime Emmy nominations. Her poetry has been published in dozens of literary magazines. As a screenwriter, Savin wrote the award-winning TNT documentary Chico Mendes: Voice of the Amazon, and she wrote, produced and distributed the independent films Bottle Shock, Nobel Son, and CBGB. She has also written and produced feature films for Disney, Universal, Columbia, and 20th Century Fox. She lives in Pasadena, California.
STITCHED & SEWN
THE LIFE-SAVING ART OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR TRUDIE STROBEL
April 7, 2020
A child survivor of the Holocaust, Trudie Strobel settled in California, raised a family and never discussed the horrors she had witnessed. After her children grew up, the trauma of her youth caught up with her, triggering a paralyzing depression. A therapist suggested that Trudie attempt to draw the memories of that haunted her, and she did-- but with needle and thread instead of a pencil. Resurrecting the Yemenite stitches of her ancestors, and using the skills taught by her mother whose talent as a seamstress had saved their lives in the camps, Trudie began by stitching vast tableaus of her dark and personal memories of the Holocaust. What began as therapy exploded into works of breathtaking art, from narrative tapestries of Jewish history rendered in exacting detail to portraits of remarkable likeness. Stitched & Sewn is an intimate telling of Trudie's story.
Stitched & Sewn is a testament to the profound power of the human experience; the ability to endure the worst atrocities and then create meaning and indelible beauty is a buoying, wondrous thing. That three artists from different media-- writer Jody Savin, photographer Ann Elliott Cutting, and tapestry artist Trudie Strobel-- came together to realize this book reminds us that all of our life's work, including that of survival, is autobiography. You won't forget the stories captured here, in words and images.”