The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine

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I.B.Tauris, Mar 18, 2010 - Art - 336 pages
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Rozsika Parker's 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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Body
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Notes
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Bibliography and Further Reading
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Glossary
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Index
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Roszika Parker (1945-2010) published widely in Art History and Psychoanalysis. Griselda Pollock wrote of her: '...Rosie's brilliant recovery of a complex history of embroidery that was at once a feminist analysis of sexual difference in art and a new reading of art systems resulted in her great book, The Subversive Stitch. The impact of her radical reconfiguration of the history of embroidery and the meanings of work made in cloth and thread resonated through art schools and museums.'

Rosie's other works included Old Mistresses: Women, Art and Ideology, Framing Feminism: Art and the Women's Movement 1970-1985 (both written with Griselda Pollock), Torn in Two: The Experience of Maternal Ambivalence and The Anxious Gardener. She practised as a psychotherapist in London.

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