The relationship between women and domesticity

Exhibition of hand-embroidered dusters at The Old Printworks in Eastbourne on February 28 SUS-150219-144605001
Exhibition of hand-embroidered dusters at The Old Printworks in Eastbourne on February 28 SUS-150219-144605001
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What’s your opinion on the relationship between women and domesticity?

Do you love it, loath it, resent it, or embrace it?

Is it an out-dated expectation or a predictable
reality?

What does it mean to you personally?

Artist Vanessa Marr hopes to get some answers to these questions with a pop-up exhibition of hand-embroidered dusters at The Old Printworks, in Wharf Road, Eastbourne, on Saturday, February 28 (2pm-5pm).

This display features dusters embroidered by women who responded to Vanessa’s call to commit onto a duster their own views and experiences on this topic.

Participation was invited not just from artists but also from anyone who had an opinion.

Contributions range from poetic quotes, to resentful statements, to images, to fond memories.

More than 50 dusters have already been submitted and more are expected.

Vanessa selected traditional dusters as a metaphor 
for domesticity because they are mundane (like most domestic tasks), yet visually appealing in their brilliant bright yellow.

In this exhibition they are strung together like flags
 proclaiming a multitude of opinions, stitched with red thread to represent femininity.

Vanessa Marr is a Sussex-based artist, designer 
and lecturer whose recent work explores the meanings attached to familiar
 objects and common language.

The ‘Women and Domesticity’ duster project 
started in response to her now completed MA in Sequential Design and Illustration 
with the University of Brighton.

She wrote poetry and embroidered a collection of 
dusters commenting upon the expectations of women 
within a domestic environment.

Popular fairy tale phrases were juxtaposed against definitions of domesticity, brutality, protectiveness 
and femininity, questioning the promises told through fairy tales to women and 
girls.

Determined that the work didn’t end there, and keen 
to include other perspec
tives, the idea for this collaborative exhibition was launched.

• For more information about the exhibition contact Vanessa@visitgmd.
com or look at the website http://domesticdusters.wordpress.com