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Brighde O'Hara


Pre-Fab is work which explores pre-concieved ideas and expections of women. In developing this work O’Hara examined the histories and understandings around “feminine craft”, in particular focusing on decorative making methodologies including the way in which certain methods have long been viewed as craft, rather than art. Using traditional feminine ways of working, including quilting, beading and sewing, and employing decorative and floral imagery, this work explores the dollhouse as a point of entry into interrogating notions of women’s work and roles within society. O’Hara writes, "I find the dollhouse to be an intriguing manifestation of the expectations of women; the limitless creativity of young girls playing and pretending through toys is restricted to living out a certain fantasy; a domestic home with a kitchen, laundry, bathroom, bedroom and lounge room. … the dollhouse is a potent symbol of the expectations of women as the domestic home maker." Using large metal etching places and printing onto fabric, the printed surface is then made into quilts, and then further embellished with beaded detailing and decorative stitch. Pre-Fab aims to encapsulate the feeling of existing in a pre-fabricated, and constructed environment, inviting the viewer to imagine they have stepped inside the beginnings of a real-life dollhouse. Pre-Fab is one of 51 works selected as finalists in the 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.

Artist Brighde O'Hara

Brighde O'Hara is one of 51 finalists selected for the 2021 Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award.

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Brighde O'Hara

Product Information

  • Materials

    Metal etching on fabric, silk, indigo dye, glass beads, stones, wadding

  • Size

    138cm h x 160cm w

  • Made


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