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Sweetness of the Work is part of a collection exploring the possibilities of crystalline forms in lace wo rk. In this installation\, Mississauga-based Hamlyn works with cotton threa d embroidered to create a web like structure which are then exposed to a sa line solution. This process encourages the formation of crystals. The evapo ration rate\, sun exposure\, temperature\, salt type and saturation of the solution were varied to create this delicate lace form floating in space. T he process\, as well as the nature of the resulting salt crystals on the em broidered surface creates an apt metaphor for the accumulation of stitches\ , labour and the hours invested in traditional women’s hand work.  Sweetnes s of the Work is an homage to the salt tears of the seamstress\, as if a ge ntle meditation on the loss of traditional hand skills. It also speaks to t he hierarchical structures that shape our perception of “women’s work\,” ex posing cloth and lace work as a socio-political medium of contemporary rele vance.

DTEND:20130420 DTSTAMP:20141226T151601 DTSTART:20130307 GEO:43.5887819;-79.6442456 LOCATION:Art Gallery of Mississauga\,300 City Centre Drive \nMississauga\, Ontario L5B 3C1 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Sweetness of the Work\, Noelle Hamlyn UID:261448 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130307T200000 DTSTAMP:20141226T151601 DTSTART:20130307T180000 GEO:43.5887819;-79.6442456 LOCATION:Art Gallery of Mississauga\,300 City Centre Drive \nMississauga\, Ontario L5B 3C1 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Sweetness of the Work\, Noelle Hamlyn UID:261449 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR