Who is that Masked Cross-Stitcher?When I first started this blog in August 2003, what you said online could get you fired. (Hasn't changed much, but there's less mystery associated with it.) And since I was looking for an academic job--where I'd no doubt be Googled--I decided it was better to blog anonymously. I chose the name "Anna Van Schurman." Anna was an over-educated German-born Dutch painter who is best known for her extensive learning and defense of women's education.
I first encountered her at Judy Chicago's The Dinner Party (now housed in the Brooklyn Museum). Her place setting is the only one that uses cross-stitch; she was opposed to the craft in her lifetime believing (rightly) that domestic arts were used as a substitute for real education for women. The quote cross-stitched at her place setting is:
Woman has the same erect countenance as man, the same ideals, the same love of beauty, honor and truth, the same wish for self-development, and yet she is to be imprisoned in an empty soul of which the very windows are shuttered.
As a holder of a PhD in English, and a graduate of women's college, you might imagine that I have a lot of respect for Anna's ideas.
|Mugging with a mug I made for |
National Craft Month
This blog focuses on stitching, but I am also a card maker, knitter, and general crafter, and sometimes I've just gotta share.