Ribbon, Lace and Silt Cloth: Handiwork for a Modern World
Silt cloth, acrylic paint, ribbon and lace, 2.74x.91 m
The original Sisters of St. Joseph (17C) were known for their handmade ribbon and lace. A representation of this is depicted on a banner made from silt cloth, a recycled construction material. The fabric becomes the ground for painted images suggestive of both the luxury of a silk stole and the basest of materials, usually found on roadsides by construction sites. Its use emphasizes the enormous gap between the creation of luxury goods for wealthy patrons and the poor to which the order is dedicated. Another connective level exists in the idea that nuns are considered brides of Christ. The majority of the lace used in the banner came from Beckers Bridal where wedding gowns are designed and made for today's brides.