Renée Van Haln’s Mixed Message (Wove) is part of a series called Short Stories, where she works with the patterns found in modern early 20th century textiles, either printed or woven. These designs, created by primarily women, serve as valuable source for Van Haln’s work. Her paintings often feature exaggerated curves that have a humorous and cartoon-like quality. They move between elegance and absurdity, challenging the conventions of “good” taste. Additionally, certain patterns, such as stripes in this particular piece, carry strong historical associations with various aspects of everyday life, ranging from prisoners to sailors, and from children to artists. Throughout history, women have played a significant role in pattern design and weaving for household items such as wallpaper, upholstery, and clothing. They have been involved as creators, purchasers, and users of these items.