4/4/16 Nets

This post is inspired by a recent trip to Mt. Vernon (George Washington’s home) with my step-son. We came across a demonstration of how women on the plantation would weave fishing nets…a little known fact that George Washington would trade 1-2 million salted fish a year to the West Indies. I was captivated by these nets…and the women who made them. It made me think of the incredible fiber art women have created over the years as powerful feminist art. Here are a few of my favorites.

Fishing Nets at Mt VernonEva Hesse, Untitled or Not Yet, 1966Sheila Hicks Promeneur 1988Eva Hesse Ennead, 1966 Acrylic, papier mâché, plastic, plywood, and string 96 x 39 x 17 inches 244 x 99 x 43 cm Collection of Barbara Lee, Cambridge, Massachusetts Photo by Abby Robinson, New York ©The Estate of Eva Hesse, courtesy of Hauser & WirthFaith Wilding's 1972 "Crocheted Environment." (Courtesy http://www.wbur.org)Faith Wilding's 1972 "Crocheted Environment."Maryland Institute College of Art1200 × 1064 Girdle. Artist: Harmony Hammond