Letter From the Editors
Our first edition focuses on two really interconnected and massive topics: craft practice, and the role of hair - both super present right now within the conversations happening, and practices of contemporary feminism.
Linking the role of craft and a feminist interest in hair is a connection that comes easily. Many artists incorporate hair into crafting methodologies and we’ve been inspired by so many works that utilise hair in embroidery, quilting, sculpting, photography...works using hair in unusual ways to evoke a new conversation. Craft practices, of which many throughout history have been designated as roles for women, have been reclaimed by many artists and activists, subverting expectations.
Hair has consistently been involved in constructions of identity. It is in similar vein that artists and activists have utilised hair in subversive discussions of how identity is created and perceived. Cutting hair, growing hair, showing hair, hiding hair, removing it, sewing it, embroidering it: these actions can be political, religious, and gendered.
In the past year we noticed a whole lot of people - artists, activists and celebrities - sporting long underarm hair, and calling out for the right to be free from conformist pressures to remove such body hair. This long-standing battle caught on quickly within our social-media-connected streams of images, and became fraught with new pressures to adhere to.
While it is a fact that any fight for acceptance of the natural body is a brave and commendable action, we ended up feeling a bit like the conversation is repeatedly left existing in only two dimensions. What is neglected are the nuances; a broader conversation speaking to issues of how we represent ourselves, and how we reinforce damaging societal expectations, and how we can fight for inclusionary tactics that enable equality for all.
We are excited to present some really diverse content, from a selection of incredible active feminists, working in visual and written practices. It is with criticality, straightforwardness, humour, openness, and serious amounts of information, that we hope to embrace and tackle these conversations. 12 writers and artists explore The Significance of Hair and the Subversion of Craft. Featuring Aisha Trambas, Allie Spears, Apila Pepita, Danica van de Velde, Harriet Maher, Holly Block, Holly Gregory, Jazzmine Evans, Jessica Steytler, Sarah Field, Scarlett Mellows and Shannon May Powell. Sleepover Club believes that ultimately, feminism is about promoting equality. In the context of this edition, this especially means not equating one person’s body (or experience) with another’s; instead embracing the universality of our goals, rather than attempting to level our individualities.
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