We decorate our homes with objects that add our own individuality and personal taste to each room. In doing so, we tend to add meaning behind these things, adding character, but to objects that are usually mass produced and far from unique. Over time, traditional decor starts to fade out, and even fall more into a historic context, meant to be displayed in museums rather than modern homes.
Imprints is a series analyzing miljes (traditional word for Bosnian/Croatian doilies) and their connection to not only my home, but also to the women in my family who made them. This skill was not passed down to me, but I always appreciated the time and effort that went into this craft. So I was confused why my family no longer wanted to displayed miljes in their homes, instead kept them in storage. This series is my way of combining my art of photography, with their art of hand sewing and crocheting, to create a new bond between my family and these objects that once decorated our homes.
To permanently print onto the objects, I’ve chosen cyanotype as my printing process. This correlates to how these designs were initially transferred onto the fabrics was by using blue chalk to temporarily print on the surface. And with that, I’ve chosen to print objects you would find on top of them, such as jewelry, hairbrushes, books, coins, keys, etc. all from my own home. Most importantly, I chose to only print on the most damaged and stained doilies.