A series of three textile & mixed media “apron” wall hangings celebrating the stereotypical domestic roles of 1950s women. They were inspired by a great Ebay purchase of a collection of 1950s “Woman” & “Woman's Own” magazines.
This brought back childhood memories of life at home and the "make do and mend" philosophy displayed by my own family.
A series of three drawer shaped panels exploring my own experiences as a wife & mother.
“The Cupboard Drawer”
Holding all our different roles together & creating a sense of order out of it all. Made of pieced together fabrics with imprints of rusted objects that are used to hold things together - pins, needles, safety pins, crochet hooks, hooks & eyes and a pair of scissors because sometimes, however painful, we have to let people go!
“The Sideboard Drawer”
My realisation that where we come from affects & influences where we attempt to go in life. Acknowledging the role that the people that come before us - parents. grandparents - have played in making us who we are now.
“The Underwear Drawer”
Guarding our secrets & treasures - the life experiences that shape us into who we are. Our transitions in life - growing up, leaving home, getting married, having babies, divorce. The tissue paper underskirt is torn & mended several times over as we get hurt and mend ourselves and this adds to our strength and our story. But all the time, deep in our belly, we ask ourselves “am I good enough”
Cloth Work: Archive 2010