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Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Susan Iverson


I am interested in the dual meaning of pattern. Pattern is a design format used for decoration. By introducing certain images into patterns, they have the ability to give meaning or messages. The repetition of a certain image emphasizes importance to a particular idea or issue. I embroider pattern designs onto pre-manufactured clothing pattern pieces as a response to things in society that I find absurd. This body of work focuses on female iconography. The delicate nature of these materials lends themselves to feminine associations. Embroidery, which is stereotypically associated with women's work, is used to play on these clichés.Patterns also are instructions. The original intent for these pattern pieces was to construct a wearable garment. I am using these specifically shaped pieces to create flat representational images on the wall to point to the "roles" that people undertake consciously or unconsciously in their lives.


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Date of Submission

June 2008

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