Monday, 2 June 2014

Sewn Words # 4: I am on Intimate terms with my Bathroom

I made this apron from two vintage linen tray-cloths sewn together, embroidering my own images and words over the delicate lace and embroidery of the original. The sewn words and image are a response to how I feel after cleaning my bathroom.  Hate doing it and it involves a lot of hard work and effort but it all comes up a treat and looks immaculate for which I feel great satisfaction but it certainly doesn't stay that way for long and before you know it, it's time to clean it all over again.

The words read: "I am on intimate terms with my bathroom. I know every nook and cranny. Today's clean toilet is tomorrow's dirty toilet."   

My interest in feminist themes while studying for my degree lead me to Ann Oakley, a feminist sociologist who wrote during the 1970s and 1980s of sex and gender, housework, motherhood, and women's health particularly her book Housewife which although written way back in 1974 still seems all too relevant today unfortunately and was the inspiration for my apron.

Housewife: High Value-Low Cost, A Bargain! : A dedication to housewives everywhere and which really just about sums it all up.

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