Haunting Frames of Feminized Vintage Puzzle Pixels

The Idealized and White, Womanly Face of America’s Best Dress Fastener. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

Welcome to the real snap.

Images of women from a time

Not so long forgotten.

Sit, sew, pray.

As we pieced the puzzle pieces together,

I couldn’t help but stare.

Are these truthful representations of a prior female existence?

Idealized and white.

Where domestic red threads dominate the signage

And highly contrast the ghostly pale skin tones.

Will the real Sewing Susan please stand up?

A reaction reconstructed a societal pathway;

A revolutionary way of thinking.

History can be both beautiful and haunting;

Charming, Yet Deceitful.

It is necessary, however.

To reflect

And not forget.

The times that were.

The times that are.

And the times that shall be.

And They Said, ‘This is the Way to a Woman’s Heart.’ Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

Sewing Women In and Out of Focus. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

A Repurposed and Historical Truth of Identity Politics. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 10 x 8 inches, 2011.

Is This Really the Image of a Happy Home? Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

A Needle Book and Needle Advertisement? Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

Why Must Their Outfits Match? Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

Praying For the Love of Needles. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

Sewing and Stitching Must Have Resulted in a Lot of Happy Homes. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

The Fragments Isolate an Unhappy Eye. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 8 x 10 inches, 2011.

Snaps and Sews of Women. Polly Nance. Digital photograph. 10 x 8 inches, 2011.

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9 thoughts on “Haunting Frames of Feminized Vintage Puzzle Pixels

  1. Great photos, but the puzzels themselves are also very interesting… The idea of placing each pieces together, it seems perfect and not so.
    The ‘Happy Home’ is my favorite, i thought the threads were in front of the puzzel (home interior perhaps?) but it was all part of the pieces.

  2. Howdy Polly –

    Fractured Life are the first 2 words that came to me when I first looked at the photos.
    Sometimes the puzzle of life can be put together but often leave knowledge lines and wrinkles……..

    Good Job young lady…………

  3. Thank you Polly, for liking my blog, for it brought me here and I saw your interesting work. I love your photographs and your words and reflections on these fascinating puzzles. I love fashion history and of course textile arts, so the puzzles are especially intriguing. .

  4. Polly you have explored some rather interesting time capsules in this masterpiece. I truly enjoyed this trip through the past. Your poem is very reflective and at times I can sense the question of who’s identity as women, we are talking about. Women have had various experiences via different cultures. But I believe they have all shared in a bond of inequality. Sadly, the struggle for women to have their own identities is still an ongoing charge.

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