[m*kk* h*lp*n voice] I don’t support taking potshots at other activists
i mean she talked a lot of talk about how he could never love a damaged girl like me (with added subtext of “you have Boyfriend Privilege because of manipulative feminine wiles, us Authentic Not-Crazy 40+ Singles know better) but she also went behind my back to ask him, the patriarch, to “talk some sense” into me when I started accusing her friends of Very Bad Things, so
craftivists’ introduction (“”) of “the handmade” into anti-sweatshop media is enabled by the invisibility of laborers, the hand of the feminist knitter in the u.s. or canada precedes the hand of the factory laborer in, to run with the example, honduras. you cannot say “I am going to introduce the idea that things are made by people, with hands” unless you have already erased the hand that has made and has been making those things. in order to make the statement, then, “I am knitting this thing to remind you that consumer objects are made by people, human people, with hands” the artist must assume and/or create an audience who does not recognize/accept the existence/subjectivity of factory workers making consumer goods. therefore, the hand of the feminist knitter in the u.s. or canada also precedes and also precludes the hand of the factory laborer in, to run with the most run with example, honduras.
During the construction of each [stuffed landmine], [Barb Hunt] will ‘sit and knit for a few hours and enjoy it a lot, then suddenly realize that during that time about half a dozen people were injured or killed by a land mine somewhere in the world.’ Many politically engaged crafters share this awareness of the paradox of linking sedentary leisure activity with political action, and like [Marianne Jorgensen]’s pink tank, the knitted landmines are a stark contrast to the original object, in both form and intent. Hunt’s project ‘refocuses attention on the value of small personal gestures that can accumulate into a declaration of caring and hope,’ and juxtaposes the mindfulness and time dedicated to a knitting project with the contemplation of ‘knowledge that is otherwise too difficult to bear.’ In this way, Hunt highlights the usefulness of this labour in bringing politicized content into the gallery.
JEEZ louise, I had been saving this one. isn’t it…charming? (from “Craft Hard, Die Free: Radical Curatorial Strategies for Craftivism in Unruly Contexts,” lol, lol.)
if your feminism memorializes british women who knitted clothes for soldiers in the crimean war of all godawful things you need to reorient yourself probably
I have been mulling over (and will continue to) the stuff my one thesis reader said about pop culture and how the choice to cultivate an archive of pop culture that draws on almost exclusively feminized or “feminine” cultural production has the potential to insinuate that there is no masculinist component to the culture industry and thereby can, when it comes to a critical position, reduplicate the fetishistic stance of something like Theory of a Young-Girl. THIS IS PROBABLY THE BEST FEEDBACK I’VE EVER GOTTEN ABOUT MY ENGAGEMENT WITH POP CULTURE (this and her question about the relationship between fun and affect, and then what are the limits of what is essentially an ideological fantasy of immediacy) (she’s the best) (I also feel like it gives direction and cohesion or unity to a lot of what I’ve been doing or feel like I’ve been doing with the black metal sonnets) (I also also feel like, then, it would be a good idea not to write an epithalamion for Chuck & Blair and to try to do something different) (sorry for being self-indulgent)
what I like about this is that it’s basically a defense of the way that I consume pop punk
i feeeeeel like you could make this feminist statement without using a noted nazi war crime corporation as shorthand? what do i know
superskycraftworld, arguing with a twelve year-old: “IS THAT WE’RE YOUR GOING! So what? Well not really cause a car in that movie was a bad ass spy car. Plus, do you know how many princess movies there are for twelve year old girls. Oh and I guess that unimpowers you huh?”
feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeem lkaeuta ffiowjf !$R(DA fkd fjs inism