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The Thread of Life

From earliest antiquity to the present day, artists have depicted women spinning, weaving and sewing indicating their intimate association with textile arts. But how close is this to reality? Why does the image persist in the face of social change? Is the distaff an emblem of empowerment or imprisonment? Using examples that range from the Paleolithic Venus of Willendorf to Vermeer’s Lacemaker and today’s mass media we unpick the tangled threads of this ubiquitous motif and explore its complex range of meanings.


ACCOMPLISHMENT ART

From the 17th to the 19th centuries educated women produced fine embroidery as evidence of class and refinement. We compare images of women sewing with
examples of their work. Case studies include samplers and paintings by Vermeer, Chardin and Rossetti.


Speaker(s):

Mrs Nicola Lowe | talks

 

Date and Time:

18 October 2011 at 10:45 am

Duration:

Half Day

 

Venue:

The Course
1 Berkeley Street
London
W1J 8DJ


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Tickets:

£40.00

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