Subversive stitching

Domesticity as we know it developed in Victorian Britain when the home became a gendered site of ‘separate spheres’. One acceptable pastime for women confined to the home was needlework or, the more socially acceptable, embroidery, which was used to keep women busy and to inculcate femininity. However, women at that time, and since, have used the idea of subversive stitching to critique these ideas and Carol continues this tradition in her craft practice. The lace mat rebels against its function and cries ‘get off me’, while the images from the virtual electronic sampler and the QR code reveal the hidden thoughts of the trapped seamstress.

 

      QR code
Get off me mat 2009
  Virtual sampler 2011
  Virtual sampler 2011
  QR code 2012