Art Quilt Elements
AQE 2020 Artist

Geneviève Attinger


Penn Sardin #2–La Dentellière

Pieces of recycled jeans, plastic beads, netting, crocheted.

165 cm x 80 cm x .2 cm


Penn Sardin #2–La Dentellière tells the story of the Breton women who lost their jobs in sardine canneries in the beginning of the 20th Century due to an overfishing crisis. Women learned lacemaking as a way to earn a living and avoid poverty. They were called Penn Sardin (Sardine Heads). The fine thread work on humble material, plastic beads, netting, denim and hemp translates the dual life of the factory workers and later lacemakers.