de S+oplap

This project begins with the ‘stoplap’, a Dutch term for the practice of teaching girls (between 13 and 15 years old) a variety of needlework techniques and darning stitches. The stoplap, or ‘darning sampler’ in English, was common between the 17th and 20th century.
    The very nature of the stoplap, as a space for both precision and imperfection, is at the heart of this project. The archived images and physical artefacts from the stoplap period, reveal patches that were stitched too far to the left; patches that didn’t quite fit; patches that were never finished at all. 

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