This week in sewing we saw a focus on men who sew, and some outloud thinking about what they’re doing differently (or not) as compared to women who sew.
It’s simple: I am a man. I love sewing. I’m darn proud of it. And I want to share my passion and creativity with the world!
Is Man Sewing just for men? Absolutely not! I’m just a man who loves to sew, and I hope EVERYONE will join me each week for a new tutorial. We’ll work with our hands, get covered in thread, and create something awesome. It’s going to be high voltage edu-tainment at its finest. Where creativity meets caffeine!
Welcome to Man Sewing.
Look at all of the hard edges we apply to men’s sewing in order to make it socially acceptable. The lightning bolt! His first project is a skateboard quilt.
2. “Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters” just opened at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles which the Jessica Gelt at the LA Times described this way:
Cluttered with heavy metal iconography and images of guns, basketballs, caustic political commentary and the occasional expertly executed log cabin pattern, the ‘Man-Made’ quilts prove that testosterone and needlework aren’t mutually exclusive.
Were they ever? The tailor in my town is a man, and so was my great grandfather. And does the imagery need to be aggressive in order to be acceptable as something a man produced?
The art quilts of ‘Man-Made’ seek to sweep gender paradigms into history’s dustbin, showing how the modern men joining the global sewing circle add a boisterous voice of virility to a traditionally soft conversation, with interesting wrinkles.”
Are men’s artistic voices really louder and more virile than ours?
3. And an interesting discussion in the comments on this profile of male fiber artist, Olan Reeves, on Maddie’s blog. The opening line of the post caused quite a stir (even more so before the reference to “old biddies” was revised out):
Let me be clear, Olan Reeves quilts are not folksy fabric scraps thrown together. He is a real artist with an impressive background who pursued a traditional, non-sartorial handicraft on his on terms.
Is this description of Olan’s work meant to be in opposition to what the rest of us are doing? Would we describe a woman art-quilter this way?
There’s definitely more to say here:
Is sewing gendered now more than it once was?
Are men more likely to describe their sewing as art?
Are male designers treated differently in the quilting industry?
Gender is a really laden subject. If you don’t address it, we ask what you’re so afraid of. And if you do address it, we ask why the topic has even been raised. We’re all just sewing. What’s the big deal, right?
Looking at what’s being talked about in sewing this week, it’s clearly on our minds though.