I was flicking through a magazine and I have just come across Zoe Buckman. I love her vintage underwear displayed in London’s Camden Arts center.
Zoe was born and bought up in London’s East End in a home full of feminism and politics. Zoe says/relates in an interview in Vogue magazine that she found herself singing to her baby lyrics from rapper Tupac and Biggie, songs she grew up and had stayed in her subconscious as she didn’t know any nursery rhymes. She realised that the messages in these songs where often X-rated and misogynistic so she decided to hand embroider some fragments of the lyrics onto lady’s underwear from the 40’s and 50’s.
I enjoy how Zoe Buckman talks about feminism through her work. Some of her views I might not agree with but I am inspired by the way she uses textiles to talk about diferent issues and studies of women. I am aware that she is not the only, or first, woman to use traditional embroidery to speak out about issues like feminism. People like Loise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin and Ghada Amer are some of the more famous embroiderers I have learnt of before. I am inspired and can relate to Zoe Buckman as I like the contrast in-between what is sensual/delicate and what is traditional/contemporary. You can check out her work on www.zoebuckman.com you will learn much more than I I’m able to tell you.