Females are more comfortable viewing objects up close and personally, according to Beverly Gordon’s discussion of proxemics. Many female curators and collectors have paid close attention to texture, stitches, workmanship, and elements like signatures that reveal aspects of women’s history.

Pattern: 
Album, detail
Maker: 
Sally Woods Pratt
Dated
1847
Mansfield
Massachusetts
United States
80.5
78.25
IQSCM, Gift of Dione Stuart
2011.050.0001