I am touched by the outpouring of support that I have received for these bags of mine, sewn from repurposed-paintings. My community here in NB have gotten behind me as I attempt to earn some extra money for my upcoming residency in Spain. This is significant to me for a number of reasons. First, it isn’t lost on me that what I have done here is what women, the world over, have always done – I’ve used my home-learned sewing skills to make a bit of extra money and get myself out of a pinch. I know so many other women who have done this, in an effort to make ends meet for their family, to be able to stay home and take care of their children.. Over and over thought across time, women use their ‘feminized’ soft art skills to not only meet their creative desires, but also to meet their family’s needs.
As those of you who are following my work already know, it is precisely the undervaluing of these types of making-skills by visual arts pedagogies (programs in visual arts schools) , museum and private collectors, and by the art markets that I am researching.
I am such a proud – and grateful – ‘bag lady’! Thank you so much to each of you who were able to support this project through your kind words of encouragement, and/or the purchase of a bag!
Thanks to you all, I’m off to Spain in a few days!