3/4 Hopeful explores the institution of marriage and subsequent elements of spiritual, emotional and physical change. Amy Hambrecht reflects on the process of creating a home together with her fiancé and draws inspiration from their dreams for the future. The artist uses her great-grandmother’s handmade pillowcases accompanied by six embroidered linen napkins as a canvas.
The imagery reflects intimacy and vulnerability, two components that are commonly associated with marriage. Hambrecht’s great-grandmother, alongside other women from prior generations, skillfully crafted pillowcases with the tatting technique. She draws inspiration from this tradition of tatting and sewing as she prepares to establish her own home with her future husband. Her descendants’ handiwork constitutes a means by which a woman’s traditional role in marriage can be reflected upon.