"All types of needlework help relieve tension, calm the nerves, and prevent stress. When a woman picks up sewing or knitting — the entire house is filled with peace and tranquility" — this is the beginning of an article from a popular publication for women. Contemporary wisdom says that so-called women's labor power is healing. One in every three people suffer from anxiety or compulsive thoughts and irrational fears.

The majority of people who suffer from anxiety disorders are women. Today such disorders can usually be treated medically. However, before medical therapy, people commonly found therapy in handiwork. Simple and conventional work with a little bit of creativity is one of a few methods recognized by psychiatrists used to treat anxiety.

Scientific medicine does not separate the therapeutic handiwork of men and women, because that would not be scientific. Nevertheless, references provided in professional literature illustrate a distinct gender division, even for handiwork that heals. Productive labor is for men, decorative one — for women.

The woman becomes the decorative object in art and she has been serving as a muse to artists for centuries. According to the history of art, there are four times more portraits of women than men. The goal of my project is to merge two conventional stories of women: portraits and decorative handiwork.

The project "The Texture of Fear" is an attempt to fight off fears by shaping them and tracing their images. It is a combination of photography on canvas and handiwork, which requires working not only with an image but with its medium as well. For each portrait, I applied different types of handiwork that fully comply with the principles of labor therapy: simplicity, convention, and creativity.

The project contains eight canvases on an 80x60 cm frame. The photo is made via jet printing. The different portraits feature different types of handiwork and canvas techniques.