For many months I have been collecting woolen embroideries from second-hand/thrift stores. Friend Carol has also been collecting for me – she has superior gathering skills.
They are being used for a series called ‘Handwork’ and are about acknowledging the creative work done in the private home, by woman – work with no value.
I take the embroideries out of their frames, always hoping there will be some provenance but there usually isn’t. These are anonymous creative works.
I picked the 2 on the right….
…to make this work. It is about how the human eye is designed to look for a figure on a background.
The male eye looks for a focal point in the figure while the female eye searches for all-over patterns.
This work is for the female viewer.