The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth explored the legacy of Rozsika Parker's ground breaking book, The Subversive Stitch: embroidery and the making of the feminine (1984). It consisted of a two-day event held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and an online resource with podcasts of all the contributions. The event began by looking back to the history of embroidery, and to the art and feminist debates of the 1970s and '80s from which the book and exhibitions emerged. It featured a keynote presentation by Griselda Pollock. It then explored the politics of cloth today, focusing on current activity by both men and women that addresses ethical, social and global issues, and on cloth as a subversive strategy, with an emphasis on radical and interventionist projects that question and challenge structures of power.

The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth was a project initiated and curated by Jennifer Harris, Deputy Director, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, Pennina Barnett, writer and curator, and Althea Greenan, Curator of the Women's Art Library, Special Collections, Goldsmiths, University of London. It was organised in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum and Iniva (Institute of International Visual Art).

My contribution was as a member of the roundtable workshops that took place at Iniva, London to help shape and format the content of the symposium.
Period29 Nov 201330 Nov 2013
Event titleThe Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational