Jenny Williams – The Story of Women is Told in Their Hands

June 30, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Hands by Jenny Williams

Hands by Jenny Williams

“The Story of Women is Told in Their Hands” is a digital image of the hands of my mother, my daughter, my granddaughter, and myself.

The hands spoke to me of the transformations that we, as women, go through throughout our lives, and how each quadrant of it is reflected in our hands.

My granddaughter Sarah’s hand is small, innocent, and reaching out.

My daughter Keri’s hand depicts a strong young woman taking on the world.

My hand reveals aging veins, but it is still strong enough to grasp the hand of a child or that of my husband.

My mother Bev’s hand is twisted with rheumatoid arthritis, but it is filled with love and wisdom.

These hands reflect the stories told by the hands of all women throughout their lives, around the world.

My husband took the photo of our hands, which I digitized in Photoshop, printed onto fabric, and then thread-painted onto the background of the earth.

The hands are touching across the earth, which is 3-dimensionally trapuntoed; the stars reflect it all.





Editor’s Notes:

Trapuntoed (past tense of trapunto) is a quilting term from the Italian for “to embroider.” It is a method of quilting that is also called “stuffed technique.” A puffy, decorative feature, trapunto utilizes at least two layers, the underside of which is slit and padded, producing a raised surface on the quilt.

Thread painting is coloring in an image with threads. The person uses a long and short stitch and blends colors of threads together. It’s a technique used in art quilting to create paintings with thread and is usually done by machine.



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  1. Hi Jenny–
    You truly captured the transformations women go through, capturing strength, innocence, beauty, love, and wisdom. This image is tender and thought provoking, speaking of how we women touch each others lives and how we support one another through our hands. It’s beautiful!

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