view of image created from Nancee's page

The inspiration and point of contact for this panel is Nancee Belshaw: Personalized Astrological Readings Nancee is an astrologer who uses her site to promote her beliefs. In speaking about her reactions to having a home page she states:

"The Internet has become my vehicle for spreading the inherent truth and wisdom of Astrology to many in such a short time. The good will and information on my site is being spread electronic to millions at a time in synchronicity throughout the web world."

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 Nancee'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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