Wednesday, January 31, 2007


size indeterminate and changing, work in progress and still attached to ball
white crochet cotton, 2006

I learned to crochet in the spring of '06, and as I was sitting in my livingroom, randomly hooking string, I started thinking about the stories my mother had told me of when she was young, and the emphasis even the schools placed on teaching women to do fancy work like crochet and embroidery. My mother and her mother did very precise, mathematical work, much like a lot of my own work.

I started thinking about how for centuries women were believed to be more illogical and irrational than men, and how this was completely refuted by the precision of my mother's work. So I decided to see what would happen if I deliberately tried to crochet in an unplanned, and completely irrational way. This piece is the result. I plan to comtinue it until the entire ball is done.

This piece was shown in the Capilano College Grad Student Art Show at the Seymour Art Gallery in Deep Cove, North Vancouver, BC, May 9-June 4, 2006.