“Handed Down”

(acrylic, collage, wax pastels, graphite, gold leaf, &  cotton thread)

12x24x1.5″ gallery wrapped canvas

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Women’s Work explores the theme of women’s traditional roles and how they choose to engage or not engage those roles. The women featured in these pieces and their stories are juxtaposed with crochet made by my maternal grandmother and my great grandmother, as well as new pieces I’ve made to further explore the line between traditional handicrafts and art. Read more about the creation of this show during a pandemic.

 

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Pineapples mean welcome. There’s a long tradition of stitching pineapple doilies in my family. The pieces I have left from 3 and 4 generations ago almost all have pineapples. Pineapples are special because they grow one to a plant and take 6 months to grow large enough to pick. I saw rolling fields of them when I visited Costa Rica and watched the fields pass by in wonder. The rhythm of stitching a pineapple doily seems complicated but actually is predictable enough to be soothing. I ended up leaving the last two rows off of this pattern because I didn’t want it to be any bigger. I’m glad I did because the stitches outside the pineapple star points look cellular and that’s interesting to me. 🍍 #crochet #crochetlover #crochetaddict #yarn #yarnaddict #yarnlover #crochetgirlgang #southernwomanartist #homestudiolife #studiolifestyle #creativewomen #artistsofalabama #womenartistsofinstagram #lifeofanartist #creators #createeveryday #mgcrochet #womensworkcollection

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That’s Doris M. Smith in the upper left corner. She wrote the 1988 book “Encyclopedia of Crochet Patterns, Stitches and Designs” where these pages came from. That’s her bio and I just love the words “handed down” so much it’s now the name of this piece. Thanks, Doris. 💖 #papercollageart #papercollage #analogcollage #artcollage #collages #collegeartistoninstagram #mixedmediapainting #visualart #southernwomanartist #artistsofalabama #createeveryday #abstractartpainting #papertreasures #littlescrapsofpaper #collagemaker #creativewomen #lifeofanartist #womensworkcollection #crochet #crochetlover #crochetaddict #yarn #yarnaddict #yarnlover #crochetgirlgang #mgcrochet

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These two are close to being finished as well! 🎉

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