Sewing and Weaving

Sewing and Weaving

Arachne
skilled weaver; changed into spider for challenging Athena to weaving contest. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 27]
Athena
goddess of spinning and weaving. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 45]
Marner, Silas
hand-loom weaver who comes, friendless, to Raveloe. [Br. Lit.: Benét, 930]
Penelope
weaves shroud for 20 years, unraveling it each night. [Gk. Lit.: Odyssey]
Prynne, Hester
ostracized, sewing becomes her daily preoccupation. [Am. Lit.: The Scarlet Letter]
Rumpelstiltskin
dwarf who spun gold from straw to help imprisoned girl. [Ger. Fairy Tale: Rumpelstiltskin]
Weavers, The
depicts plight of Silesian weavers. [Ger. Lit.: Benét, 1078]
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In the West textiles have always been seen as inferior to painting, mostly, as feminists have pointed Out, because activities like sewing and weaving have been generally viewed as women's work.
Mary puts her sewing and weaving skills to good use, creating dance regalia for her girls, and passing on traditional ways and values to a new generation.
Taken as a whole, the thirty-one needleworks on display - featuring everything from conventional decorative motifs to embroidered appropriations of modern and contemporary art to literary quotations addressing the metaphoric implications of sewing and weaving - constitute a kind of perverse cataloguing of the sampler qua artistic medium: "perverse" because modernism's emphasis on medium-specificity is precisely what allows it to distinguish high art from lowly craft (and, by extension, "masculine" aesthetics from "feminine" ornament), but more interestingly because, under Reichek's nimble fingers, the sampler's essential property reveals itself to be the ability to elude the very categorical logic on which a modernist notion of medium is based.