“I think a big reason many girls shy away from calling themselves feminists is that they’re worried they won’t be able to live up to this idea of a Strong Woman, and that there’s no room in this club for anyone who isn’t 100% comfortable with herself all the time. You can totally be a feminist who has insecurities. Feminism isn’t about pretending we all feel like Wonder Woman, it’s about being honest when we don’t, and having the conversation on why that is.”—Rookie » How to Not Care What Other People Think of You (via birdwings)
hi, i'm researching fiber artists and other women artists whose work involves traditional "women's work," and how it relates to memory, ritual, identity, etc. most of the artists i've found though are white, and i was wondering if you had any suggestions for more non-white or non-american artists who fit this description (i've been looking through your art and fiber tags lately for inspiration, sorry for lurking!)
This is definitely a problem in this field, probably in big part because “women’s work” is often constructed in ways that are necessarily white to begin with. (Think about, as I always bring up, the way that wartime knitting circles are employed as a “women’s history,” esp. Revolutionary War knitting circles, in feminist art, especially by Cat Mazza and Sabrina Gschwandtner.) (It’s also probably useful to problematize the connection between “women’s work” and fiber itself, which I think a lot of contemporary artists do. Probably think about other artmaking as women’s labor! Especially maybe indigenous printmakers in Canada, for example.)
Faith Ringgold! You should absolutely start with her if you don’t know her already. Off the top of my head I might suggest you look into: Kimsooja, (I love Kimsooja!!!), Chakaia Booker, this exhibit!, Betye Saar, Ghada Amer, Mona Hatoum, C. Maxx Stevens, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Natalie M. Ball,Stephanie Syjuco, Mung Lar Lam, Lin Tianmiao. Lots of Asian-American women deal pretty explicitly with fiber and labor as children of immigrants who worked in textiles, and I especially like Mung Lar Lam’s Ironings pieces when you think about them in contrast to Sandra Ogel’s “Ironing” performance for womanhouse. Yoko Ono and Yayoi Kusama both worked in fiber installations!. Some of Lorraine O’Grady's performances are semi-relevant and I really like how she uses clothing in her pieces so I wanna mention her. This also seems conceptually useful. I know I am forgetting some important contemporary African artists buuut that is not my strongest area, although I am sure some of my followers can help out.
There is lots of stuff out there about black women quilters! You should definitely look at Gee’s Bend if you aren’t already familiar with them, and the women of color quilter’s network has lots of references.
(Trigger warning: discussion of rape/sexual assault) Hi everyone, I hope that you all are well. Because I am making a gofundme page, I’m going to have to talk about something I’ve largely tried to avoid talking about when I could. Over the summer, in August 2013, after an encounter that was at fi…
hey loves. this was really, really difficult for me to talk about (that one post with the Read More cut even triggered some anxiety). I know that total goal is a pretty tall order, but anyone who wishes to can donate any amount they want, and it all adds up.
ever since this happened in August, I’ve generally been trying to avoid acknowledging or talking about this (I haven’t been to Times Square since this happened, because the perp works there and I actually stayed in bed pretty much all day today because of anxiety that I’ve been trying to hold back).
I’ve made a lot of friends and met a lot of understanding, loving people through this web site, and I want to say first and foremost; thank you for hearing me out.
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