view of image created from Joanna's page

The inspiration and point of contact for this panel is Legacy of Lace Joeanna's site is a resource developed for lace makers. In speaking about her reactions to having a home page she states:

"The internet gives me the best of both worlds. I'm a loner and love the tranquillity of my home. I love lace and everything about it and the internet allows me to travel the whole world and talk to people the world over in the course of a day. It literally puts the lace world at my finger tips and allows me to be in touch with the art I love and serves as an inspiration to collect and create more lovely lace. What's greater than to sit in the home that feeds your soul and be connected to the world of lace via the internet to re-enforce that delightful meal!"

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 Joeanna'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.

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