Subversive Stitch is a two-day collective quilting workshop for the purpose of exchanging knowledge on stitching, embroidery, and weaving. While listening to recorded texts from the library’s archive, together we will construct a quilt inspired by female authors for use in the Vancouver Women's Library.
Come prepared with an image and sentence around a favourite female voice (including a loved-one), or come early to browse the library. All women regardless of creed/race/class/gender/sexuality/age/profession/sewing experience are welcome to attend and tune into the ongoing history of women’s textile work.
Fabric, thread, needles, and pamphlet of reading excerpts will be provided.
First Session: Sunday, July 2nd, 2017
Second Session: Sunday, July 16th, 2017
Where: 1255 Kingsway
Duration: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Cost: Suggested donation $5-15, no-one turned away for lack of funds
Textile work has forever been a rare space where women have created and continue to create material culture not just for the home, but for public display. It’s the kind of space that is not just physical but mental, temporal, material, and emotional, offering an alternative to a society organized around masculinity.
For women of all stations in life and in all socioeconomic classes, textile work has been both a domestic and a domesticating labor, both a tool of oppression and an instrument of liberation, both a professional endeavour and a leisure pastime, both an avenue for crossing class boundaries and a barrier confirming class status. It has been constructed and pursued as a religious duty and a secular pleasure, as a prison sentence and an escape, as an innocuous pastime and a powerful political weapon. Reviled and celebrated, it has nevertheless been a significant cultural practice of meaning-making.
The collective creation of a quilt challenges the idea of “artistic authorship”. We hope to engage women in communal ways of cultural production, subverting traditional notions of the artist as genius and instead focusing on women as producers of cultural products and creators of social value through the making of the object, including the conditions under which it was made, by whom, and for what purpose.