Martin Frank, Sewing Patterns

Exhibition Dates: November 12 – December 5, 2021

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful”. So said William Morris, 19/th century textile designer, poet, novelist, socialist and co-founder of the Arts and Crafts movement.  At the height of the industrial revolution, their hope was to transform the soulless, repetitive and inhuman machine into a vehicle that itself was beautiful and facilitated the expression of man’s individual and creative spirit.  And what better a manifestation of this than the household machine of the early 20/th Century!  Prized objects in the home, frequently purchased through the first use of the “layaway Plan”, these machines were functional and practical, critical to a household’s economy but also an artisans personal tool for expression.  And as objects themselves, they display an elegant interplay of delicate curves and sharp angles.  Over time, they acquire a patina, adding to their abstract beauty.   My attempt to re-capture and honor these vintage machines from the collection of my son, Joshua, is realized via a hand-crafted photographic process of the late 19/th/early 20/th Century-the kallitype-toned here with gold.

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