Saturday, 30 January 2010

Previous work - 'The Subversive Stitch'

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.

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