In the fall of 1997, Andrea Mai Lekberg and I began pondering the word “dainty” when we discovered a mutual interest in domestic work and girlhood fantasy as a source and inspiration for art. In the spring of 1998 on a trip across country, we developed our fascination with all things dainty into a concept for a show and website (daintytime.com) that included individual work nurtured through a collaborative (and playful) dialogue about food, femininity, delicacy and cleanliness, as we looked back to our mothers’ and grandmothers’ worlds as a source for subversive feminine power.
Over the years I have continued to use daintytime as an Internet nickname or alias because, like the term modern, it has aged well. My creative interest in embroidery, crochet, knitting and quilt making as a source for art, (and inspiration for expressive art/craft therapy), has evolved and broadened to value not only the subversive, rebellious, new wave feminist concepts of the medium but also the communal, caring, devotional, grandmotherly wisdom that is inherent in the domestic hand craft of past generations.
Andrea Mai Lekberg has continued down a similar creative path and has expanded her concept of daintytime to include communal food and progressive traditions of teatime (or the tea party). Andrea, in partnership with her mother Fran Davidson, is the founder of The Artist Baker, an artisan bakery and café in Morristown, NJ. The Artist Baker offers a delightfully whimsical and creative twist to everyday favorites while honoring traditional methods. Her bakery is an imaginative, neighborhood, gathering place.