Friday, August 6, 2010

agnes richter

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laurent reminded me of agnes richter and her embroidered jacket and i can't believe i'd forgotten about it.  the stitchwork is incredibly moving and provocative even without knowing the details of the story. 

"...Agnes Richter...was confined to an asylum in the late 1800s. There she constructed a jacket from pieces of the institutional uniform, then painstakingly stitched a mysterious autobiographical text into every inch of the inside and outside of the jacket."

*quote taken from here.

6 comments:

Leililaloo said...

Simply FANTASTIC!!

sevenpoppies said...

this is so striking, and raising a lot of emotional questions for me at a pivotal time. i love it artistically too.

Kaysens nye klæder said...

This is awesome!

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Angela (Posy Moe) said...

Very haunting, the idea of it, and beautiful.

Jenni said...

gosh, so moving, I found you via leililaloo & so pleased I did, your blog & work is beautiful!

Gail Hornstein said...

Yes, Agnes Richter's work is fascinating. If you want to learn more about her and how she created her amazing jacket, check out my book, AGNES'S JACKET: A PSYCHOLOGIST'S SEARCH FOR THE MEANINGS OF MADNESS (for more information, see my website, www.gailhornstein.com).