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