A Stitch Between

From 2019 to 2020, A Stitch Between developed into a meditation on relationships with the self and others. The exhibition includes a series of preliminary drawings, a quilt, textile designs, felt objects, and three large portraits. These were created through a variety of processes, including printing, drawing, painting, and sewing. This formal combination mirrors the complexity of relationships surrounding sexuality and reproductive health that is the undercurrent of the work. Utilizing fiber’s associations with femininity and its ties to feminine resistance, A Stitch Between examines moments that are sites for growth and celebration.

A Stitch Between is a result of artist Erin Bundock’s Undergraduate Honors Thesis at the University of Vermont. Due to COVID-19, this exhibition has been translated into an online format. It was installed on April 22nd, 2020 at Artsriot in Burlington with the help of artist Sam Graham and Bundock’s parents. Special thanks go out to PJ McHenry for the gallery space and Maria Lara for lending her generator.

Cycle Ten fabric art

Cycle Ten

72” x 96”
Muslin, cotton blends, felt, recycled t-shirt, silkscreen prints, embroidery floss, machine embroidery, beads. Quilted with polyester batting.

Cycle Ten is inspired by the mental and physical effects of hormonal birth control. It is also a reflection on how internalized silence surrounding topics such as sexual health and sexuality often correlates with a lack of self-advocacy in healthcare settings. Elements of health are presented in the form of textiles inspired by histology of the uterine lining. Hundreds of beads sprawl over the blanket in a nod to hormonal birth control pills.

Letter to My Mother

112” x 72”
Recycled bed sheet, recycled cloth napkins, cotton blend fabric, felt, silkscreen prints, embroidery floss, and fabric marker.

The piece Letter to My Mother is a reflection on the connection between mother and daughter. A series of stream-of-consciousness letters and questions regarding menstruation, sexuality, and love are scattered throughout the ‘waters’ of the piece. As the mother rises back to the surface, does she know about the questions that surround her? If she does, will she answer them when she resurfaces? What holds mothers and daughters back from openly sharing their experiences? This piece will continue to have letters written on it, acting as a journal.The University of Vermont published a limited run of posters of this piece in the Spring of 2020 which were distributed to the graduating class.  

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Period Shower

96” x 65” x 34”
Recycled bed sheet, recycled cloth napkins, cotton blend fabric, felt, silkscreen prints, embroidery floss, and fabric marker.

Period Shower is a celebration of confidence and comfort in one’s menstruation, rejecting the notion that sexuality exists in a realm without this biological process. What does it mean to feel comfortable in our bodies, and how does this impact how we share it with others? How can we achieve confidence in self and body? Period Shower illustrates one potential outcome. It is an embrace of menstruation as a natural process without the shame typically attached to it. It also posits menstruation as a process that can be an embrace of intimacy rather than a degradation of it. In doing so, it rejects the notion of purity as something apart from the body. 

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