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Katrina Majkut
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus



ARTIST STATEMENT: My cross-stitch artworks are about rethinking craft as art, craft as feminist and craft as a tool to address contemporary women’s issues – reproductive health, body image and gender roles. My art aims to modernize the feminine identities and ideals commonly portrayed within embroidery. They seek to reclaim cross-stitch as a tool to promote progressive ideas about modern women’s issues. Historically, embroidery played an important role in preparing a woman for marriage. Young, single women cross-stitched “samplers” to show off their domestic skills, scholastic knowledge, cultural values or religious morals to prospective husbands. Samplers exemplified these desirable traits to potential husbands who sought a woman with the right skills to establish a household. Our predecessors needed to stitch to attract a husband or keep a household. My artworks reject the typical, domestic functionality of samplers, taking into account current events relating to women’s health and reproductive debates. It takes a fully comprehensive look at the body and reproductive tools available to women, and the commercial packaging and weighted political underpinnings too. By using traditionally domestic mediums, like cross-stitch, I hope to address and change the conversation about the role of women and mothers, highlight ideas of what it means to be a modern woman today and to maintain this historical craft practice. Cross-stitch was used to advertise and represent women’s role as a female and a mother but bodily functions, roles and autonomy was not part of this textile practice. Until the invention of the pill, women were expected to only have children within marriage and a wife’s sole purpose was to bear children. The contrast between the historical domestic cross-stitch, its implied gender role and the birth control lies at the heart of why women’s reproductive rights are still a hot topic issue – reproductive health is still not wholly considered appropriate in such a feminine sphere. This role and function changed entirely with the pill and the passing of Roe v. Wade. What’s more is that even today acceptance of birth control as an active and essential part of modern women’s lives is lacking. This explains why as writer, Jay Michaelson put it, “Sandra Fluke, was shamed as a slut for defending the right to control her body.” Even the Hobby Lobby US Supreme Court case, shows that even a for-profit business can have more say in a woman’s access to healthcare than the woman herself. My “craft” series directly challenges this. It also challenges the domestic sphere that has contributed to so many ingrained discriminatory and limiting social reproductive mores, but takes on a bipartisan approach by showing how both can positively operate together in order to support women’s reproductive freedoms.
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  • PreNatal Vitamins
    2014
    Thread and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • Withdrawal & Abstinence
    2015
    Thread on cross-stitch fabric

  • Condom: Consent
    2016
    Thread and cross-stitch fabric

  • Condom: Lifestyles Snugger Fit
    2016
    Thread on cross-stitch fabric

  • Contraceptive Diaphragm & Gel
    2016
    Thread, plastic applicator and silicone diaphragm on cross-stitch fabric

  • Vaginal Contraceptive Jelly
    2015
    Thread on cross-stitch fabric

  • Hot Passion Condom
    2015
    Thread on cross-stitch fabric

  • In Control 4
    2015
    Thread on cross-stitch

  • Surgical Abortion:
    2015
    Found objects and thread on cross-stitch fabric
    Hegar dilators, cotton swab, gauze, ringed forceps, speculum, tenaculum, laminaria, (stitched), currettes (stitched), medicine cups (stitched), wood on cross-stitch fabric, , 2015

  • Medical Abortion
    2015
    Thread on cross-stitch fabric

  • Contraceptive Implant
    2015
    Thread on cross-stitch fabric

  • Contraceptive Patch
    2015
    Thread, Contraceptive Patch on cross-stitch fabric

  • DNA Paternity Test
    2015
    Thread on cross-stitch fabric

  • Douche
    2015
    Thread on cross-stitch fabric

  • Monistat 3
    2015
    Thread on cross-stitch fabric

  • Contraceptive Sponge
    2015
    Thread, Contraceptive Sponge on cross-stitch fabric

  • Gardasil
    2016
    Thread on cross-stitch fabric

  • Vagisil
    2014
    Thread and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • Menopause Chill Pill
    2015
    Thread on cross-stitch fabric

  • Menstrual Cup
    2015
    Thread, Silicon on cross-stitch fabric

  • Super Inspirational Tampon
    2013
    Thread and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • Nursing Pads
    2017
    Thread and nursing pads on cross-stitch fabric

  • Pregnancy Test 4
    2015
    Thread on cross-stitch fabric

  • In Control 1
    2012
    Thread and Cross Stitch

  • Female Condom
    2014
    Thread and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • Next Choice: Emergency Contraception
    2014
    Thread and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • I.U.D.s
    2012
    Thread, Found Object and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • Light, Regular, Super
    2014
    Thread and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • Midol
    2013
    Thread and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • Pregnancy Test
    2013
    Thread and Cross Stitch Fabric


  • 2014
    Thread and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • Trojan Her Pleasure
    2013
    Thread and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • In Control 2
    2012
    Thread and Cross Stitch

  • Pregnancy Test: Third Time's A Charm
    2014
    Thread and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • Triple Protection
    2013
    Thread and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • Pregnancy Test: Negative
    2013
    Thread and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • IUD Applicator
    2012
    Thread, Found Object and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • As Far As You Know, I'm Still A Virgin
    2012
    Thread, Artificial Insertable Hymen and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • Dental Dam
    2014
    Thread, Dental Dam and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • Fertility Hormones
    2013
    Thread, Glass Vials, Hypodermic Needle and Cross Stitch Fabric

  • NuvaRing Birth Control
    2014
    Thread, Found Object and Cross Stitch Fabric
 








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