Reflective Response Reading #2: Sewing Notions

In the article Sewing Notions, journalist Lesie T. Chang states that it takes two hundred pairs of hands to make a pair of tennis shoes. This really brought my attention because it shows political and economic implications of goods produced by less developed countries or as the article mentions feminine human labor force. It also states that crafting is dominated by women, and it is now being combined into what is called art. It is outstanding how using craft was a way to petition. Bryan Wilson questions if there is something inherently political in crocheting your own hat. She gives a good example of that when she stated Zoe Sheehan Saldana’s Shopdropping project. Saldana purchased garments from Walmart and duplicated them by hand. The environment she was working in differed from a sweat shop laborer job. This time, she able to work at a her own velocity.

Wilson cites The Craft of Resistance by Margarita Cabrera and Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine as several projects to demonstrate evidence of its political uses. Margarita Cabrera, a very alented artist, creates meaningful sculptures with everyday objects. For example Pink Blender, is a sculptor of a pink solid color blender that has pieces of long strands coming out of the blender. The pink toned blender represents woman, the black strands is a protest representation for all the deaths and all the people who spoke up in response of the fatal murders. All these artists get inspired by different times in history and use their art to represent antiquity or perhaps use their artistic talents to protest. I believe many people get caught up keeping up with their daily life’s without realizing the history behind garments. This article made me realize of how many people suffered on making the things I own.


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