Anonymous Was a Woman
” I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.”
This is often misquoted as “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”
days like wheels
plates laundry tasks
to gather and sort and
stitch into layers comfort
warmth symmetry anonymous
generations completing circles
Collage, to me, takes its inspiration from the fiber work of generations of anonymous women. The women in my family knitted, crocheted, embroidered, quilted; they were milliners and seamstresses. I have a legacy. But their work is not signed nor was it ever hung in galleries. Like much of the fiber work of history that provides me with so many ideas, it was made for use by family and friends, made with love and beauty as a way to provide color and warmth to everyday lives.
When I saw the NaPoWriMo prompt from day 3 to write a fan letter, I went through names of people in history that I admired. But really, the largest influence on my life comes from these women who for the most part are known by one name: Anonymous. That Virginia Woolf spoke of the writers who claim that same name adds another dimension to this inheritance.
patterning comfort who was
hand eye this woman
Day 2: a quote in answer to Elusive Trope’s 3-day quote challenge.
About the artwork:
The top stitched piece and the crazy quilt painting were done for a print rep I worked with for a short time in the early 1990s. We had an idea that we could sell print patterns based on traditional fiber arts. The idea did not prove successful in terms of sales, but I ended up with some interesting artwork
The quilts were made by my great aunt Del, sister-in-law to my grandmother, inherited from my mother and aunt.
The collage is from a sketchbook of work based on quilts done in the early 1980s.