This Was Once Called Whitework


series of needlework sculptures

During a snowy Vermont winter, 
I gathered materials from local thrift shops and junkyards—where relationships with vendors and other workers were established for the duration of the project. Treatments examined historical "whitework" sewing techniques in contrast to damage and decay. This practice was originally called whitework because raw, un-dyed fiber stitches were worked into fabric of the same color, and the results were typically monochromatic.


Materials: burned bedsheets, mattress pad, several garments, drop cloth, mattresses, broken glass, thread, embroidery floss

Made in residence at Vermont Studio Center