Lexicon Opening

The Guild Exhibition was opened on 11th July, at the Lexicon in Dun Laoghaire by the Cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Mr. Ossian Smyth. Mary Palmer of Cork Textile Network, and Board Member of DCCOI gave the opening address. Both these speakers, and Marian Keyes of the Lexicon were very complimentary about the high standard and wide variety of inspiring work on display. Most memorable and interesting ideas given at the opening include these following quotations:

Chain do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.” (Simone Signoret)

Being creative is not so much the desire to do something as the listening to that which wants to be done: the dictation of the materials.” (Anni Albers)

And on Embroidery and its often negative association with feminism….here Kate Walker is determined….. “not to reject femininity but to empty the term of its negative connotations, to reclaim and refashion the category”:

“I have never worried that embroidery’s association with femininity, sweetness, passivity and obedience may subvert my work’s feminist intention. Femininity and sweetness are part of women’s strength. Passivity and obedience, moreover, are the very opposites of the qualities necessary to make a sustained effort in needlework. What’s required are physical and mental skills, fine aesthetic judgement in colour, texture and composition; patience during long training: and assertive individuality of design (and consequent disobedience of aesthetic convention.) Quiet strength need not be mistaken for useless vulnerability.” (Rozsika Parker quoting Kate Walker in The Subversive Stitch: Embroidery and the Making of the Feminine….a book we have in the Guild Library!)