I create a lot of serious art pieces regarding feminism, politics, etc. When I need a break from the serious I like to create funny and colorful pieces. These are some of the most recent ones that make me smile when I look at them.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Needle and thread are always in my hands; and using them I join the long history of women who have turned needlecraft into a vehicle for political expression and commentary on society. I work primarily in the needlecrafts of embroidery and cross-stitch. I like the balance that they can provide. They have a long history but also the ability to change to fit modern times. They take time and thought to create a tangible product rather than the quickness of writing a comment on social media.
Embroidery was how I worked through my frustration and grief with politics and the pandemic. It was how I learned more about craftivism and feminism. It was how I documented the funny, little things. My work uses a symbol of domesticity and femininity to challenge those same notions.
© Laura O’Connor