An exhibition and workshop using the domestic duster as a canvas to explore thoughts around the theme of women and domesticity will take place at Grand Parade from March 24 – April 13. A drop in workshop will be running on International Women’s Day, Wednesday 8th March, in G4 from 11am-3pm where all are invited to begin to stitch their own dusters, which, if finished by March 17, could join the main exhibition.
Participation is invited not just from artists but from anyone who has an opinion and is keen to take part. Contributions range from poetic quotes, to resentful statements, from images, to fond memories. This project is run by University of Brighton lecturer Vanessa Marr, who selected traditional dusters as a metaphor for domesticity because they are mundane (like most domestic tasks), yet visually appealing in their brilliant bright yellow. The dusters are strung together like flags proclaiming a multitude of opinions, stitched with red thread to represent femininity.
To date around 100 dusters have been submitted to this project and it continues to grow. The collection has been regularly exhibited in the south of England, including during an academic Symposium discussing artistic responses to the home at the Geffrye Museum in London and at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea.
Read an interview with curator Vanessa Marr in The Argus.
For more information or to contact Vanessa visit: domesticdusters.wordpress.com