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    Meghan Udell

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    "I came to knitting — and by extension fiber arts — as a teenager when I stumbled across a tattered copy of a Learn to Knit booklet at the local Salvation Army. I was drawn to the idea of creating something with my hands, but the practical aspect of creating clothes, seemed in sharp contrast to my burgeoning feminist ideals. Publically, I eschewed the idea of traditional women’s work, while privately I sweated and swore over every dropped stitch, and misshapen garment.  It wasn’t until I read Charles Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities that I was able to reconcile the two. I found a feminist hero in the villianous knitter Madame Defarge. The ringleader of the tricoteuses, she spends the French Revolution perched by the side of the guillotine, tirelessly knitting the names of aristocrats to be executed. It was at that moment I fell in love with steganographic textiles, and the long history of women using traditional crafts as means of subversive rebellion." Below are Meghan Udell's favorite books that inspire her work, available to purchase individually or as a set. See the full list...

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    Phoebe Bridgers


    Her Body and Other Parties 

    Carmen Maria Machado

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    Samantha Irby


    One Hundred Demons

    Lynda Barry

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    David Gray


    The Reality Dysfunction

    Peter F. Hamilton

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    Helen McCrory


    The Idiot

    Fyodor Dostoyesvky

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    Lupita Nyong’o


    Freckleface Strawberry

    Julianne Moore

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    Devendra Banhart


    This Planet is Doomed: Poems of Sun Ra

    Sun Ra

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    Tegan and Sara



    David Rakoff

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    Julio Torres


    The Banquet Years

    Roger Shattuck

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    Lore Segal




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