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Back in 2014, textile artist, academic & designer Vanessa Marr posed the question:
Women & Domesticity – What’s Your Perspective?
And invited those thoughts to be embroidered upon a yellow duster, in red thread. Little did she realise what she had unleashed…
Nine years later, Vanessa has an amazing collection of embroidered dusters and an even more amazing collection of stories from the people (mostly women) who have sent her a duster. There are so many fascinating elements to this project, we barely scratch the surface!
We do have a laugh as we start our conversation highlighting the now closed one off collaboration with The Profanity Embroidery Group as part of their Domesticity themed exhibition in Whitstable, Kent in February 2023.
PEG were early guests on the podcast so this was a fun start to this episode BUT we must make it super clear that the general Domestic Dusters project is NOT about swearing about housework.
Susan Weeks chats with Vanessa Marr.
For this episode… View Show Notes, Links & Examples of Vanessa’s work at
Research profile: https://research.brighton.ac.uk/en/persons/vanessa-marr
Other places & people we mentioned:
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Dinner Party by Judy Chicago
The Subversive Stitch by Rosita Parker
Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
Profanity Embroidery Group (Whitstable)
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