quilts on distaff side. (2023). work in progress...
The sketch shows my two grandmothers – Elżbieta and Eugenia.
Elżbieta was a surgeon and Eugenia – a dressmaker. Both worked with a needle, both worked with thread. In their professions, the connection on the line ‘hand-head’ was very important. Their work focused on another human being and required an amazing material consciousness.
Their professions, apparently so distant from one another, have a lot in common. For me, this sketch represents a synthesis of my research as it involves yarn, women, craft and finally, photography.
Inspired by the way their worked I am creating the series of photo-quilts.
To make them I’m using the traditional quilt patterns as a tribute to my grandmother who was a tailor. To show the respect to my grandmother who was a surgeon I am sewing the pieces together using the suture techniques.
Cross running suture
The runningbhorizontal mattress suture.