Drawing/Phenomenology: Tracing Lived Experience through Drawing: Women and domesticity - investigating common experiences and perspectives through creative collaboration. A collection of hand-embroidered dusters

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Abstract

The goal of this project is to explore the common domestic experiences and expectations of the modern day woman within her home. It investigates underlying narratives by engaging the community in embroidering their personal perspectives on the relationship between women and domesticity onto a duster. Each contribution reflects personal contemplation inspired by engagement with the duster and the lengthy process of hand sewing, creating a visual response that offers unique insight into modern day home life and the role of objects within them. It brings together practices of self-expression and the study of consciousness, with each duster positioning itself an object that expresses both the experience lived and the experience of time spent creatively engaged in it’s embellishment.

Traditional dusters were selected as a metaphor for domesticity because they are mundane, yet visually appealing in their brilliant bright yellow. Collectively they proclaim a multitude of perspectives, stitched by hand with red thread to represent traditional women’s work and femininity. The duster, the experiences it manifests and the marks it holds, remains a pivotal point for investigation.

Domestic experience is common to us all; in the home we can research the life we live. ‘Researchers are in some ways always part of the lives and world they are researching’ (Pink 31). Through the process of drawing with thread the dusters are imbued with new meaning and significance. They have become more than simply a cloth kept under the sink - they have become a voice.

Workshop
Women and domesticity – What’s Your Perspective? Meditating the materiality of the duster.

I propose a practical workshop inviting drawing based additions and responses to the growing collection of embroidered dusters for my collaborative project, which invites personal stitched responses to the theme of women and domesticity. It would be practical and involve beginning to stitch a personal response upon a duster. Historically these have been embroidery or collage focused, but for this event I propose a workshop inviting participants to consider and then to respond to the domestic theme by drawing with thread upon the duster, with the duster itself positioned as a domestic object for contemplation and focus.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sep 2017
EventDrawing Phenomenology: tracing lived experience through drawing -
Duration: 19 Sep 201720 Sep 2017
https://filsalustri.blogspot.com/2017/04/drawingphenomenology-tracing-lived.html

Conference

ConferenceDrawing Phenomenology
Period19/09/1720/09/17
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