An Awkward Juxtaposition of Crafts and Anatomy

DIY vaginas are great. Sometimes the one that comes with the kit can rip or sag with use. It can even get dusty, if you leave it on the shelf behind the preserves and tinned beans for too long. Finally, you will have somewhere nice-smelling and convenient to store petty cash, prophylactics and tranquilizers while haranguing strangers on the street.

The Snatchel.
 
The Snatchel.
Fallopian tube pompoms!
This is The Snatchel, created by Zabet Steward. The colour of this one in particular does my head in, as it is such a violent shade of magenta. She has included instructions to knit your own, and if you feel that the Eurocentric vulva depicted is unattractive, whatever. Make your own. Put your wallet, phone and some chapstick into your vagina, sling it over your shoulder and traipse about the town making some kind of post-punk statement about vagynas and being a womyn, or something.

You can find the instructions here.

The opening of the bag (the vulva)

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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