Thursday, January 17, 2013
Nancy Drew Redwork
As soon as I saw this redwork piece by Flickr user Ellen Schinderman, I knew I'd have to post about it. It may not have the same significance to non-Americans (and specifically, non-American women) but Nancy Drew - the 'girl sleuth' depicted here - is culturally very important in the States. Generations of young girls grew up reading the dozens of Nancy Drew books, from the 1930s to today - I even wrote about her at university!
Nancy Drew is an odd character because she is both a symbol of female independence to girls as well as a stereotype of 1950s sexism. (The books were written in the 1930s but then reworked in the 1950s to make Nancy's character a more 'proper' young lady.) Of course I can't speak for Ellen's intentions with this embroidery, but the use of such a traditional style as redwork to illustrate the young detective is just perfect for this strange contradiction. Out on adventures or stuck in tradition? A little bit of both, and Nancy Drew fans today kind of love her for both equally.
Visit Ellen Schinderman's website to see more of her work here. (Please note: Ellen's photostream and website both contain adult embroidery.)