👓HELLO SISTERS! AS YOU ALREADY KNOW EMBROIDERING PRACTISE CAN BE AN EXCELLENT ALLY FOR ART. TRY IT!💠
Hester Prynne, the sultry femme fatale in Jane Eyre Gets Real, is known for wearing a scarlet letter A, the mark of an adulterer, as part of her penance (for being, well, an adulterer). What is not so well-known is that she had to embroider all those As herself and that she eeked out a living in Puritan New England by doing fancy handwork for other colonists. In Hester’s day embroidery was a tolerated but relatively unimportant skill.
With renewed interest being taken in traditionally feminine pursuits, however, some modern-day artists are challenging the world to take embroidery seriously. Needlework can now be found in galleries and museums worldwide and is used to make political as well as gender-specific and psychological statements. Elaine Reichek uses digitally generated patterns to create modern samplers:
Orly Cogan embroiders images onto vintage linens that already have pre-existing motifs. Cogan is interested in archetypal depictions…
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