The Seamstress

Christy Sheffield Sanford


Christy Sheffield Sanford lives and works in North Florida near the Atlantic Ocean. Sanford is the author of seven small press poetry books including The Italian Smoking Piece. She has won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry. Five of her video animations have been selected by literary ezines. They include 'Julia Child's Legs' (Carbon Culture), 'Nadine's Shoulders in Moonlight ' (Amp), and 'Poe's Purloined Molars' (Atticus Review). A digital image 'The Medusa Skirt' was published by Yellow Chair and 'Con-Vey-Her' has just been accepted by Sheepshead.

This work is part of a larger project called "The Hem-nal," a collaboration with Charlotte M. Porter. The overall theme of the larger project uses the hem of clothing as a metaphor for boundaries. We are interested in how much agency women have in determining intimacy, security and freedom. The collaged images of the woman sewing are from Van Gogh's "The Seamstress from Scheveningen."

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