Tears to be Civilised 4

Tears to be Civilised 4

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Given my interests in things hand made I have been pulled towards The Natives Institutes’s training of young girls in the civilised skills such as needle work.
My creating and retelling of the impact and experience based on The Institute started at this point.
I considered the tears and grief of the people and live’s that the process of civilising had touched and chose first to work with ‘the civilised hanky’ in four works
“Tears To Be Civilised”. A tool used to dangle and entice the Natives were often wholesome products such as Tea, Sugar and Flour, I went with Black Tea to
soak and stained the Hanky’s. The tea wasn’t brooded in a billy on an open fire, but as i stirred the white linens decorated with hand embroided lace with a stick
from the garden in a copper pot I from myself feeling very domestic. The chores continued as i hang my stains on the clothes line, I remember my grandmother,
her mother and the importance and ritual that surrounded the washing.
The next process gave me a sense of healing as the hankies slowly lost their daintiness, i pushed tacks through their stained quaintness, hoping to speak
to the viewer of the pain and loss these young girls and woman endured. The contrast and conflict of pretty handy work and the sharp, potentially painful
hardware running parallel with the contrast and conflict of cultures.

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