The Four C’s

Edition of 20: 2007
Dobbin Mill papers with archival inkjet printing
12″ x 6 5/8″ x .5″


The “Semper Tedium” series are albums of faux textile swatches, designed using multi-cultural proverbs about women. These texts were manipulated to create textile-weaving patterns and then printed on a variety of Dobbin Mill decorative papers. The pleasing aesthetic results are in striking contrast to the content of these saws.

“The Four C’s” displays a wide range of proverbs that encapsulated those cultures’ perspectives on the role of women and their labors. The title refers to the four main tasks associated with women:

  • - Childcare (from birthing to all other forms of care)
  • - Cleaning
  • - Cookery (including all the preparatory chores such as fetching water, collecting firewood)
  • - Crafts (spinning, weaving, needle work, knitting, etc.)