I say a little prayer for you; good results are difficult when indifference predominates

Summer seminar installation and video fragments.

Statement text:

I say a little prayer for you; good results are difficult when indifference predominates

Never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisical attitude. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates. Never try to sew with the sink full of dishes or bed unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so that your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.

When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Go through a beauty ritual of orderliness. Have on a clean dress. Be sure your hands are clean, finger nails smooth — a nail file and pumice will help. Always avoid hangnails. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine where you can pick it up and dust your fingers at intervals. This not only absorbs the moisture on your fingers, but helps to keep your work clean. Have your hair in order, power and lipstick put on with care. Looking attractive is a very important part of sewing, because if you are making something for yourself, you will try it on at intervals in front of your mirror, and you can hope for better results when you look your best. If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should.

Mary Brooks Picken, Singer Sewing Book, 1949.

 

I say a little prayer for you; good results are difficult when indifference predominates

Gathering material

Collected self portraits; found textile, sheets, mascara, lipstick, foundation.

Invitation to participate.

Correspondence

Plastic bag, envelopes, text from correspondents, performance.

Reading, Wednesday 23 January, 2019, performance commencing 6.45pm.

Good results are difficult when indifference predominates

Durational performance, Saturday 19 January, 2019, commencing 11.15am.

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