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Janina Bacchetta

9 Months: A Celebration of Motherhood through Maternal Material Culture

As a textile artist I am interested in using cloth as a means to narrate my own stories and the lived experiences of others. For my MA creative practice, I chose to celebrate my experience of motherhood through maternal material culture. Each of my nine conceptual miniature quilts reflects a moment of intimacy between myself and my son. They are an autobiographical celebration of motherhood between 2018, the year my son was born, and 2020, a pivotal moment in my life. Nine photographs taken between those years have been reimagined through textiles, hand embroidery, appliqué and coffee stain to encapsulate my concept of feminist motherhood. Each miniature quilt visualises, materialises and indexes maternal memory in cloth.