"I will not have my life narrowed down"
*RAFFLE WINNERS WILL BE SELECTED AND ANNOUNCED 6/12/20 at 12P CST*
Back in 2016, I hand-embroidered a series of six banners, titled "Angel in the House", that were on display at Typeforce Chicago. As a means to raise money for three different organizations, I'll be raffling off the three of the six banners that featured quotes from Black authors, and the guidelines for the raffle are as follows:
1. Each ticket to the raffle costs $10, and 100% of the money from the bell hooks banner will go to The Innocence Project.
2. Every $10 gets an extra raffle ticket, $10=1, $30=3 tickets, etc.
3. When purchasing your raffle ticket(s) please use an up-to-date email address so that if you end up being the winner, I can reach out directly and arrange shipping details (or pickup if the winner is local to Chicago).
4. The contest will end June 12th at 12p CST, and I'll announce the winners on my instagram story, and also get in contact with the winners directly.
Each of the banners in the series measures 1ft x 2.5ft. They are hand embroidered on panels of twill fabric.
Additional context for the banner series concept is as follows:
The Angel in the House: The Victorian era is known, in part, for popularizing a number of intricately detailed and time-consuming crafts and art forms. A white woman would stay home, while her husband, the "master of the house", would manage his affairs elsewhere. These women were considered pure beings, untainted by the outside world, and were responsible for bringing their husbands closer to God. For this reason, they were sometimes referred to as “angels in the house.” They filled their free time at home with crafts like embroidery, piano playing, and fine painting, but improving at these activities did not make them eligible for employment or artistic acclaim. At times, these women were subject to less-than treatment by their husbands, but because of the stigma attached to divorced women, as well as a lack of financial independence, they stayed in their homes.
My installation consisted of six pieces crafted in a style of embroidery made popular in the Victorian era known as “Berlin work”. Women could send for a Berlin work “motto” project, and it would include the necessary supplies as well as a printed template to embroider over, and the final piece was an illustrated quote to hang in their home. While the subject of these mottoes was generally religious, the six phrases I’ve chosen come from authors who identify as women from a range of time periods who have written about oppression they experienced because of their race, as well as how they identify. Most of the chosen authors would not have been able to have their voices amplified during this era, and the project aimed to explore what disseminating their work to other women through use of this medium could have looked like.