Southern Writers are different.-Didactic Decorative Objects
Commission for the Atlanta magazine, A Bitter Southerner this series of eight decorative pillows explore the odd archiving habits of southern writers. Drawing from photographs of four southern writer’s habitats; Flannery O’Conner, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and Margaret Mitchell these interior scenes examine certain legends about how these writers organized, stored and collected their writing and the books they surrounded themselves with while they worked. Pairing the interior with a sentence that explained the peculiar habit propels one into the way each writer might engage with the written word.
The interiors where drawn from vintage photographs, then drawn onto linen by hand stitching. The linen is hand dyed from colors that evolve certain very southern sensibilities; hydrangea green with Scarlett O’Hara velvet, lilac paired with aubergine velvet to evoke a stormy Mississippi sky, Crisp blue linen and light blue velvet like church clothes, egg colored linen, the same as gentlemen’s summer suits next to a deep Georgia red clay velvet.
Embroidery on hand dyed linen with velvet trim.
Fabrication by Christina Venson