Soft Sculpture Tools: A Look into Femininity and Masculinity
Throughout history, activities performed by men and women have become so gender specific that the objects people use to perform these tasks have become emblems of gender identity. In the same way that tools and construction came to embody masculinity, sewing and knitting have come to embody femininity and women. As a student in engineering, a male-dominated field, I have spent four years enduring shocked looks and confused questions from strangers, friends, and family when I tell them what I study. I was introduced to crafts like sewing and knitting as a young girl and have created many things with them. As an engineer I have used wrenches, hammers, and screwdrivers to create. This piece explores the juxtaposition of these feminine hand crafts with common tools that are typically emblems of masculinity.