Politics and DIY crafting might not be the most likely of bedfellows, but NYU graduate student Roopa Vasudevan created a project that melds the two. Vasudevan made a series of cross-stitched samplers that illustrate how women voted in the 2012 presidential election, state by state. The results are fairly stunning.
The samplers, collectively titled "All-American Girls," include the silhouette of a state and simple outlines of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's last names, each filled in to represent the percentage of women in that state who voted for each candidate. According to her website, Vasudevan used CNN exit poll data to determine the proportions and put it all together for a project in her data representation class at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Vasudevan told The Huffington Post in an email that she got the idea for the cross-stitch patterns after noticing how much discussion there was about the power of the female vote following the election. "I was starting to get back into needlepoint after not doing it since maybe grade school," she said. "And one day on the subway, about a week after the election when all the talk was about how women clinched it for Obama, I thought about how interesting it would be to combine such a stereotypically feminine craft with the fact that women are now such an important voting bloc in the US."
Click over to Vasudevan's website to see more of her work.
LOOK: "All-American Girls"