Anne Greenwood

Embroidery Installation


"Winter Count: A 40 - Year Calendar of Events"

Anne Greenwood grew up near Jamestown, North Dakota, graduating from Jamestown High School in 1985. She studied briefly at the University of Oregon and the Glasgow School of Art, but finished up at Moorhead State University, graduating in 1990 with her Bachelor of Arts degree. Photography was her main emphasis, and in 1990 she began working as an assistant to photographer, historian and archivist, Thomas Robinson. It was during this time that she also began working as a gardener.

In 2006, Anne began an autobiographical project entitled "Winter Count." Upon finishing this large embroidery installation, she received a 2008 Individual Project Grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Since that time she has also received a Professional Development Grant from RACC and a Career Development Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission.

In the spring of 2009, Anne will complete a large collaborative project called "Lost Harmonies," based upon the four cycles of life. This project involves the intermediate grade students at Trillium Charter School in Portland, Oregon, and includes calligrapher Rebecca Wild.

In addition, Anne was an artist in residency at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she made a small book entitled "Blue Fields of Wheat." She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two daughters.

Artist Statement:  "I stitched an image from each year of my life to create this personal history. I began this project to mend my postpartum struggles after my second daughter was born. My friend read me a quote about the embroiderer Jacqueline Enthoven, which helped me find a place for my creativity. This quote says about Mrs. Enthoven's work, "She loves to help restless people, especially young mothers, discover the peace and joy of creating beautiful things with stitches." The history and tradition of women and handwork entered my life as a strange but intuitive connection - bridging a gap that I previously could not fill. Through handwork I was able to create a personal narrative that has joined my life as an artist to that as a mother. My mother taught me to stitch as a child, just as her mother taught her."

"Winter Counts were historic calendars used by the Plains Indians to record time pictographically. This exhibit is an artist's interpretation of the Sioux tradition to record a personal history using hand-stitched embroidery and letterpress printing."