Saturday, 30 January 2010
This was part of an embroidery project i did in the first year of my degree, it was focused around traditional textiles and needlework techniques and throughout the project I referenced samplers and the oppression of women though textiles that I found in 'The Subversive Stitch'.
I collected found teabags, lace, doilies and used the traditional hand embroidery techniques that the young women would have used on their samplers.
This project was another from art foundation and was the birth of my preoccupation with the idea and traditions surrounding 'Afternoon Tea'.
I combined old family photographs, found papers, teabags and crochet doilies with wax and the outcome was an abstract tea set.
I liked the idea that it was completely impractical and in the event that anyone tried to pour hot tea into the cups, the whole tea set would melt and completely disintegrate!
These pieces are from my art foundation course, they are not the final outcome of the project but were images i liked that happened along the way.
I based this project on the book 'The Red Tent' by Anita Diamant. This book is based loosely on the story of 'The Rape of Dinah' in Genesis 34 of the Bible. It explored the bonds and rituals of womanhood around this time and especially the textiles processes. This lead me on to read 'The Subversive Stitch' by Rosika Parker which explored the oppression of women through textiles. I particularly like the quote which was painstakingly embroidered on a needlework sampler by a disobedient child;
" I am obnoxious to each carping tongue who says my hand a needle better fits"
The project involved me looking at and then gradually deconstructing antique textiles pieces, second hand lace and crochet doilies, then re-knitting them into abstract forms. I embedded the poignant quotes from 'The Red Tent' and 'The Subversive Stitch' within the work as the oppressed women did within their needlework.