The Feminine Legacy, the handing down of traditional crafts from mother to daughter, all changed when women entered the workforce. Slowly, these skills were lost, like delicate lace becoming tattered as it aged.
In today's fast-paced world, women have begun to embrace these crafts as art forms now learned from instructors. Entering what Daniel H. Pink calls the Age of Enlightenment and Abundance, where arts and design are valued, women are rediscovering these traditional crafts as art.
These once-utilitarian crafts, handed down from generation to generation, are having a renaissance. The Feminine Legacy, once lost, is now found.
The Feminine Legacy was inspired by my grandmother, Lucille Dickinson Ainsworth, who had her memoir Memory Lane published in late 2008. I was the chief designer and illustrator for my grandmother’s book. During the time I was laying out her book, I also attended a lecture on Modern American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. These two experiences inspired this series.
Elements of The Feminine Legacy
Hand-built Ceramics designed as dishware because even in today’s society, women are still associated with the cooking and serving of food.
Antique Blue Crackle Glaze is reminiscent of the most commonly used pottery glaze of past generations.
Handles on select pieces represent mothers because they handle the household, the family, and lift their children with their hands as well as use their hands to create traditional crafts.
The Lace Pattern symbolizes the traditional crafts that women once learned. On pieces representing the older generations, the lace pattern is clear. As time goes on, and women no longer learn from the previous generation, the delicate lace becomes tattered and blurry.
The Vintage Photographs and Script Calligraphy Names are my Feminine Legacy, the women of my family.