I am not sure how I found the work of Jacqui Thompson if she commented on the blog, if I fell upon her google searching or if someone sent a link my way but indeed I liked what she was doing. Most of her work deals with issues related to the never ending balancing act of being a woman, taking care of home and family while remaining an autonomous and fulfilled being. SO hard. Anyway her stitching style if great and her recent projects are quite interesting.
The hours quilt is a project done in homage to and in exploration of the many women who have chosen to spend hours upon hours stitching. She combines many embroidered tray clothes together to make the base. Another artist whom I eventually had to purchase a piece from also did this. I remember the first time I saw her do it- I thought it was a genius way to make a larger scale base linen out of all the tiny ones and am inspired to try it out myself -though the right project has not come to me yet,
“I dedicate this quilt to all those women who devoted hour after hour to the art of embroidery and stitch.”
She ends the statement about this work with this awesome Ann Oakley quote, or actually I should say not awesome but sadly pretty true at times.
“Our window on the world is looked through with our hands in the sink.”
She also documents her very lovely sketchbook. See more of her work here.