Grafting Propriety: From Stitch to the Drawn Line


Grafting Propriety: From Stitch to the Drawn Line


22 × 17 cm | 9 × 9 in
73 ills | 128 pages

Contributors: Emma Cocker, Danica Maier, Lisa Vinebaum

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Grafting Propriety: From Stitch to the Drawn Line showcases the work of Danica Maier, an American artist whose work follows the domestic object and drawing, involving a particular interest in stitch, textiles and the decorative.

Using embroidery as a starting point, Maier creates intricate drawings. Mimicking the line of a stitch, these works are not what they first seem: they investigate historical stitched objects by repeating and redrawing from their original patterns, depicting the mark of stitches and the imagery found within them.

Sidestepping the common ideas related to embroidery and stitching—often seen as part of the domestic realm—Maier investigates alternative ideas hidden within the history of needlework. In Maier’s work, the heartfelt, funny and titillating side of textile history comes into focus.

The book explores how textile methodology can be recreated through drawing and the drawn stitched line, and how textile agendas can be addressed without the use of material. These themes are consolidated by the textile research residency and solo exhibition entitled Stitch and Peacock, at The Collection Museum, Lincoln, which acts as a springboard for a particular focus on the thread of Maier’s work related to drawing.

The publication also looks at other recent works created from the artist's international residency held within the abandoned Spode factory; research projects involving the use of digital embroidery combined with the drawn line; and works using historical, popular surface patterns.

The book includes photographs of archival pieces alongside both new and early artworks, as well as essays written by leading experts. Published to accompany the Stitch and Peacock exhibition, the book continues to acts as a resource and documentation for the overall project, in which Maier used a rarely seen embroidered Jacobean bedspread to create a series of new works rooted within the Lincolnshire textile collection and the history of embroidery.