It's Where I am Now
The advice and stories of women (from Elizabeth Cady Stanton, to contemporary woman) who have used their beds as a place of rest, solace - a place they can call their own.
The Bed Project: Because women have always been associated with the home, hearth and all the domestic duties that belong to them, this project is about memories and moments that are attached to specific objects within our homes − specifically beds. Historically our life cycle begins and ends in the bed. It used to be that all of our life cycles (birth, sickness, death) occurred in our beds, in the family home. In the second half of the 20th century so much of our lives have been taken out of the home and moved to places where we become handled by specialists i.e. the hospital bed or any other specialized institution.
It is because of these domestic associations, that in order to read these intimate stories the reader must unmake each bed, pulling back the covers to “turn the pages.” In order to close the book, one must re-make the bed, mimicking the actions of women’s housework that have been done for centuries.
More about this ongoing project - and all the text for this bed can be found on my web page.
needlework, fabric, antique, vintage, sculpture, stories, women's work, sewing, child, girl, wood, feminine, cotton, bed sheet, wood, blanket, bedspread, personal story, flowers, floral, quilt, quilting, recycle, mattress, bed ticking, feathers, personal story, her-story, history, solace, thoughts, depression, memory, family, sleep, sleeping, rest, emotion, creativity, marriage, music, self-discovery, embroidery, constraint, doll, artist books