Embroidered map of the Appalachian orogeny (mountain building event that created the Appalachians) counterposed with a diagram of mountaintop removal mining. Part of a series I’m doing about June’s March on Blair Mountain.
[img: embroidered piece of fabric. fabric has a colourful dotty print. the embroidery is of the bodies of two people hanging off a tree branch with their knees hooked around the branch, feet touching a bit, bellies exposed. text reads MAKE SHIT HAPPEN with the SH in SHIT in a different colour so a second reading may see MAKE IT HAPPEN.]
The last post reminded me of this confessional sampler, stitched by a 19th century woman struggling with thoughts of suicide.
Click the image for more pictures and the complete text.
holy hell. this is… intense reading.
been doing a lot of cross stitch lately. I find “radical cross stitch” as a concept a bit uninspiring because I feel like it’s often approached as parody? like ha ha, look at the incongruity, this bitter or edgy message in this traditionally saccharine medium. but in fact (as this piece shows) embroidery in general and the cross stitched sampler in particular have a rich and complicated and often subversive history. it’s women’s culture, women’s communication, women’s lives. I’m more interested in modern embroidery that’s conceptualised as a continuation rather than a parody of traditional embroidery.