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The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine

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TJ Boulting is proud to present ‘Subversive Stitch’, a group show of textile-based works, incorporating embroidery, weaving, carpet, tapestry, clothes and sculpture. The title is taken from the 1984 book by feminist art historian Rozsika Parker ‘The Subversive Stitch – Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine’, and subsequent 1988 touring exhibition in Manchester at the Whitworth and Cornerhouse curated by Pennina Barnett. For centuries embroidery had been a craft most closely aligned with women, holding connotations of domestic and the feminine, and ranked below the fine art mediums of painting and sculpture. Then, in the wake of William Morris and the Arts and Craft movement of the late 19th century, and continuing via the Suffrage Movement of the early 20th, it made its burgeoning presence felt when empowered women artists harnessed its use, subverting the very medium that had previously defined their position in art and society. Today although it is still heavily, if no longer solely, a woman’s medium, its subversive legacy continues; embracing the political, the innovative, the technical and often unconventional, whilst redefining its status as a serious art form. Needlework practice is considered inferior for a number of reasons. First, as a craft it ranks low in the art/design/craft continuum, especially relative to masculine mediums like glass, wood and metal. Second, Rozsika Parker brought attention to its inferior status because it was done by women and deemed feminine. And, finally, in design’s predominantly male, and society’s patriarchal, environment Joseph McBrinn documents the men who are deemed inferior because they do needlework and vice versa. Design must welcome more revisionist history that takes into account the contributions of minorities and denigrated practices that have thus far been excluded from the canon.

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I used this book as a major component of my research for my masters thesis. I was writing about the Glasgow Girls, specifically Ann Macbeth. I am so thankful for this book for having more information on these remarkable women than almost any other text and so much insightful knowledge about this brave woman.I’ve wanted to read this book for a while but to be honest as it is hailed as a piece of academic feminist literature I was put off. I expected it to be wordy, heavy going and worthy but to my relief it is none of these things. Yes it is academic but the writing style flows and is always engaging, full of evidenced based opinion. urn:lcp:subversivestitch00park:epub:46a8093d-2d1f-49ff-9185-4b2c4bc15a32 Extramarc University of Toronto Foldoutcount 0 Identifier subversivestitch00park Identifier-ark ark:/13960/t7pp0c54j Isbn 0704338831

The Subversive Stitch Revisited - A Companion to Textile The Subversive Stitch Revisited - A Companion to Textile

I know from personal experience how little people appreciate handcrafts and how if I quote a fair price for embroidery work that people are surprised. This is an interesting look at how embroidery became the domain of both those who had to be seen to be doing something and the cause of suffering in some factories. It's a VERY white history of English stitchwork by merchant class and royal women and men, with far too much emphasis on the church and religious imagery. Barely any discussion of the actual work of embroidery, materials used, or anything "subversive" until the chapters set mostly in the 1970s. The "updated" forward mentions a few newer artists, but doesn't discuss the specifics of their work with any meaningful detail. And as far as feminist content - lots about how women were subjugated or uncredited as stitchers, and as subjects of pictorial works, but nothing about overcoming any of that. This new edition of The Subversive Stitch brings the book up to date with exploration of the stitched art of Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin, as well as the work of new young female and male embroiderers.Algo semejante pasa desde el punto de vista racial. Hablando de subversión, ¿obligaban a las esclavas negras a bordar, quedaba esa labor reservada a las mujeres blancas? De la misma manera en que el bordado tiene su papel en el movimiento sufragista, ¿lo hizo en la lucha por los derechos civiles de los afroamericanos? El libro se me acaba antojando demasiado blanco, y me da rabia que esas preguntas no fueran ni someramente respondidas. This book gives an historical perspective on the way embroidery changed from being a profitable business for women to a method of oppressing and exploiting women and their emotions. Only in the final two chapters do we begin to hear about how women have reclaimed embroidery to use it in subversive ways, such as the use of embroidery by suffragettes in their banners, and by more recent feminist artists. The excess of images, goods, currency, and the contemporary problem of algorithm-generated Tweets that influence our consumer and political choices inspired Yelena Popova’s banner reminiscent of a Euro banknote. At the end of the 19th centruy a group of anarchists around the photographer, engineer and inventor Leon Warnerke, attempted to crush Russia's (and with it the world's) economy by flooding the market with an excess of forged banknotes. Popova used a computer to generate multiple images of banknotes in denominations of 5-500 EURO, the elements that make up the image constantly shift in potentially infinite patterns.

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