You Ar My Duchess

Framed cross-stitch and embroidery on cotton and linen.

Inspired by the samplers part of the hope chest (a collection of materials given to the husband as part of dowry to demonstrate a woman’s talent), this collection is a contemporary feminist interpretation of women’s work and an objectification of Elana Alder’s personal experience. The artist defines the body of sampler as “a contemporary and unexpected response to unsolicited and unwanted attention”.


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