The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine
Rozsika Parker's now classic re-evaluation of the reciprocal relationship between women and embroidery has brought stitchery out from the private world of female domesticity into the fine arts, created a major breakthrough in art history and criticism, and fostered the emergence of today's dynamic and expanding crafts movements.
"The Subversive Stitch" is now available again with a new Introduction that 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. Rozsika Parker uses household accounts, women's magazines, letters, novels and the works of art themselves to trace through history how the separation of the craft of embroidery from the fine arts came to be a major force in the marginalisation of women's work. Beautifully illustrated, her book also discusses the contradictory nature of women's experience of embroidery: how it has inculcated female subservience while providing an immensely pleasurable source of creativity, forging links between women.
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Review: The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the FeminineUser Review - Sarah - Goodreads
Part art history part feminist history, but all embroidery. There were definitely some interesting bits in the book, but a pretty heavy read all around. Read full review
Review: The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the FeminineUser Review - Anne - Goodreads
I started reading this work on a research trip, and then the library recalled it, so I need to get it back. This work discusses the use of embroidery by women as a mode of expression and in some cases ... Read full review
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