In the Centre of the Body is the Soul (detail) 1996
I've recently realized that I can re-photograph my older pieces with a digital camera and thus have more and better images of those pieces. Pictured here is a detail of my break-through 'masterpiece' made a dozen years ago and photographed yesterday. This is the piece that opened my eyes to hand embroidery. Before this piece, my quilts had relied on colour, pieced traditional pattern, and some image transfer.
"You don't have a life, do you?" asked one of my friends when she saw this quilt for the first time. One remembers that kind of comment. Embroidery is often seen as useless busy work by most people but I would argue that stitching creates a subversive solitary space for women to think. Women who stitch own their own intellectual space separate from the rest of the world –separate from their mothers, their husbands, their children, their co-workers.