This Was Once Called Whitework

These needlework sculptures were made during a residency at Vermont Studio Center. I gathered materials from local thrift shops and junkyards, where relationships with vendors and other workers were established for the duration of the project. Treatments examined historical "whitework" sewing techniques in contrast to damage and decay. This practice was originally called whitework because raw, un-dyed fiber stitches were worked into fabric of the same color, and the results were typically monochromatic.

Materials: burned bedsheets, mattress pad, several garments, drop cloth, mattresses, broken glass, thread, embroidery floss

"Heavy" - wedding dress split into three sections and loosely sewn together. ruffels cut apart with broken glass appliqué.

"Cutwork" - large burned bedsheet, holes filled with dyed lace, embroidery floss, and watercolor paint.

"Imprint" - bedsheet and torn apart twin mattresses, burned in the shape of my body and adorned with black thread.

"Drawn" - exploring a technique on a paint tarp that involves removing sections of warp or weft from a pre-bound fabric area.

"Underneath" - burned mattress pad, chair, lace, pins, glass

Camisole experiment made to test a broken glass appliqué technique.