‘Playing With Dolls’ is a multi-component textile installation contributing to Queer Theory and Craft Theory discourses. This output investigates the Queer and marginalised status of textile Crafts within the Fine Arts discourse: Craft practice can be considered an inherently Queer practice. Here, ‘Queer’ could be defined as non-normative, oppositional, and a reclaiming of the marginalised. Overlaying this is the assertion of the gendered nature of textile practice. It challenges accepted (hetero)normative codification encouraging (re)assessment and (re)evaluation in relation to textile craft, masculinity and (homo)sexuality.
[Installation]. Boys Who Sew. (Wolskey Art Gallery, Ipswitch, UK 13 November, 2004 - 9 January 2005)