Sunday, November 15, 2009

219 friends on facebook, but no one that calls on a saturday night


Apparently that's what it takes to get me back on the x-stitch track again. I stitched most of this yesterday & finished it this morning. I've had an idea in my head for quite some time to make something out of this Audre Lorde quotation & when I found a picture of her on the internet that really screamed "make me into a pattern!" I just had to do it. It's not easy to see, but there is two different shades of grey (oh good band! look
here) in the portrait.



Audre Lorde was a caribbean-american poet & feminist, contemporary to Adrienne RIch & Sylvia Plath. She is often quoted in today's postcolonial & afro-american feminist critique, because of her early focus on racism & sexism & above all - how the feminist movement never will be part of the lived lifes of black or colored women if it doesn't confront its own power hierarchies
. Racism & sexism is often based on the same type of structures & these structures are often so imbedded in the way that we perceive the world, how we make sense of it & how we judge it (in scientific terms), that if we do not confront this & deconstruct these structures then whatever freedom we get from it will only be freedom for some, not all.

See also the portrait of bell hooks.



8 comments:

bee listy said...

that is totally the best picture of her to stitch-- i did it several months ago!

http://i283.photobucket.com/albums/kk320/beelisty/portraiture/HPIM5280.jpg

johanna said...

haha damn, & here i was thinking that i've been a bit original... but i guess that this one goes under "great minds think alike".

torrance said...

Very cool!

sparx said...

omg, that is so good.

so good.

短裙 said...

好的部落格就要和好朋友分享--感謝分享.........................

Anonymous said...

they say immitation is the most sincere form of flattery. i hope you see it that way. I saw your work, and had to have one for myself. making it into a notebook cover. didn't have two different shades of grey, but found it works in pure balck and white as well. i bow down to your superior craftiness and present my offering in hopes it will please the master to know it was done in tribute http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4007/4495892969_41280f601c_m.jpg

yours sincerely
needless

johanna said...

I'm indeed very flattered... If you got a blog or flickr with more crafty stuff, give me the link!
And take look att the pattern archive of CYS: http://crossyrstitches.blogspot.com/p/patterns.html
More fun for the whole family!

Anonymous said...

working in a craftivist project at the momemt. hangin cross stitch out on random bikes in London. blog project has been on hold for a while due to rain and camera on the fritz but starting up again shortly www.axstitchintime.wordpress.com there is a link to flickr page with pixs of finished projects not yet distributed

have already been an poked around your patterns section. brilliant. feel inspired to do more feminist stuff.

what programma are you using to transform to pattenrs? are you happy with it, looks handier than photoshop...

needless

 
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