What She Carried: Hussifs

What She Carried: Hussifs

Artist: Helen Geglio

Title: What She Carried: Hussifs

Attribution: What She Carried: Hussifs

Year: 2019

Materials: Cotton, linen, found domestic textiless, hand embroidered and stitched.

Dimensions: 23 x 26 x 4" display

Image Statement: A hussif is a rolled sewing kit. These three hussifs tell stories of women who traveled to the plains and prairies of the Midwest during our nation’s time of westward expansion. Leaving the familiar landscapes of home, they found an endless expanse of grassland, isolated and strangely beautiful. Inspired by diary entries written from a sod house on a Nebraska homestead, I have created visual narratives of women uprooted.