view of image created from Laura's page

The inspiration and point of contact for this panel is Laura Campbell Laura's page reflects her varied interests which include membership in the SCA,(Society for Creative Anachronism) embroidery, costuming, paganism (particularly Goddess-worship), astrology, and Tarot.

Laura in an email said to me:

"How I feel about the internet? I think it is an astounding sociological phenomenon. How I feel about having a home page? I think it's a little silly, but I had this free feature on my internet service provider, and I know how to program in HTML, so I made myself a page just for fun. I think home pages in general are similar to putting on a shirt with a message or a vanity plate on your car (do you have vanity plates in Australia?). I don't think anyone cares as much about us as we think they do."

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 Laura'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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