view of image created from Donna's page

The inspiration and point of contact for this panel is Donna Kenton's Home Page Donna has developed a site which concerns itself with her interests in Needlework and writing. Donna's concern for community is reflected in her participation in a web project which aims to assist in locating missing children.

In speaking about her attitude to the internet and the opportunities that have presented themselves as a result of having a home page she states:

"I love the Internet. I've been using email for nearly 3 years, and built my first web page almost 2 years ago. It has truly changed my life. I made a friend three thousand miles away, and we write each other nearly every day. I've "talked" to writers, artists, homemakers, teachers, engineers from all over the globe.

The Internet has brought me opportunities I might never have had otherwise. Because of a web page I put up, I was given the opportunity to contribute some US-based research to a book being written by a professor in the UK. This led to more writing projects, and I've since then had three (paying) short stories published on the Web, and found some print magazines who wanted my writing. Writing had been one of those "maybe someday" kind of ideas. The Internet brought it forward, and made it possible."

This is part of a body of work which is an exploration into how women are representing themselves on the World Wide Web, and the connection between 'homemaking' and 'home page'. Embroidery is a culturally-loaded textile art often associated with gender, the domestic, memory or nostalgia. I use stitchery to seduce and draw the viewer in. The desire to touch a textile and the need to connect with the work in a physical sense is a metaphor for the internet's promise of community.

To produce this image, screen shots from the Donna's home pages were taken, then combined and manipulated in Photoshop. The image was then printed on cotton fabric using a Colour Style Writer 2400. To this print I added stitchery using various hand dyed threads of cotton, silk, and wool.

The exhibition "Playing False" was held in the Craft ACT Gallery, Canberra, Australia, between the 3rd of September 1997 and the 21st September 1997.

button to go to next exhibit page
button to go to return to main gallery page