materialization analysed from a cultural perspective
Full Paper presented by Sara Hanghøj 24.9.2008 at the International Conference "Crafticulation &Education" University of Helsinki 23.-26. September 2008 Session: Gendered Textiles THE CONSTITUTIVE SOFA CUSHION - MATERIALIZATION ANALYSED FROM A CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE Abstract How can personal values materialize through a hand-made everyday artefact, and how can the artefact constitute action and self-perception? The empirical research and analysis concerns how a former textile crafts teacher's subjective values and professional identity materialize through a hand-woven sofa cushion, with the sitting room as a cultural and informal environment as its arena in 2006. The local and social network of the informant (born 1919) is traced through a detailed cultural analysis of the creation, usage and existence of the sofa cushion, including even the material interactions occurring between the human body, space and artefact, thereby revealing the materialization process. Based on results of the analysis, ANT (Actor-Network- Theory) is used in order to discuss how The Danish Folk High School's conception of simplicity as an aesthetic and gendered ideal in the formal education of female handcraft-teachers, was generated and constituted with the sofa cushion as one of many actors.
Techne Series : Research in Sloyd Education and Crafts Science. a, 2009, Issue A:14, p. 61-68
Home-textiles; ANT (Actor-Network-Theory); Materiality; Identity; Aesthetic and Gendered Ideals