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ADRIAN GLASMYRE ’22 STUDIO ART THESIS EXHIBITION

Three Hangings: First Wave, Second Wave, Fourth Wave

Adrian Glasmyre ’22

Adrian Glasmyre ’22, Three Hangings: First Wave, Second Wave, Fourth Wave, 2021, white cotton cord.

This series of three pieces explores the history and evolution of macrame during three distinct eras when the medium was most popular among women. Specifically, my interest in macrame led me to research the origins of the art form, and I found that macrame was a common pastime for women during the first and second waves of feminism. As macrame is a medium passed down from my aunt to me, my intent was to study how macrame has changed from the Victorian era, to the 1970s, to its resurgence today in the fourth wave of feminism. In creating these three pieces, I attempted to utilize different knots and styles of weaving to reference each of the three eras. The piece referencing the Victorian era is much more patterned and structured, whereas the 1970s piece is more freeform and organic. The modern era piece references intersectionality and incorporates knots of coming together. By exploring how women of these important movements used the medium as a form of expression, I hope to explore how macrame has changed and how an art form can play a role in a social movement.

Adrian Glasmyre ’22, First Wave, 2021, white cotton cord.
Adrian Glasmyre ’22, Second Wave, 2021, white cotton cord.
Adrian Glasmyre ’22, Fourth Wave, 2021, white cotton cord.
Adrian Glasmyre ’22 with her work at the Studio Art Thesis Exhibition opening