New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma's Doily

Along with the popularity of knitting, crochet and quilting, embroidery too is re-surfacing in surprising and innovative ways. Through embroidered works on vintage linens and found textiles, New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma’s Doily at Contemporary Craft Museum & Gallery (September 22 – November 12, 2006) explores the intersection of a traditional handcraft and contemporary art. Created through embroidery techniques that vary from meticulous to intentionally naïve, hand-stitched to machine sewn, the artwork on view is not a showcase of needlecraft virtuosity. Instead, it reveals a current trend toward the playful and ironic reclamation of “women’s work,” and a shifting relationship to the appropriation of discarded domestic materials.

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