This thesis work explores the themes of mourning and inheritance. These themes are expressed through the use of my hand skills that are themselves part of my inheritance. This body of work pays homage to the women who have participated in this cycle of passing down both objects and skills to me.
In my work, heirloom objects are used to show the connection between traditional women's work and inheritance. These objects have memories stitched into them and an embedded history through generations of use. Victorian mourning art and practices have been used as inspiration in order to demonstrate the ritual of memorializing relationships and bonds while dealing with loss.
The pieces reflect both an act of mourning for the women who have personally influence and taught me and nostalgia for the dying arts they have passed on to me.