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A Woman's Work Is Never Done


The London-based artist Eliza Bennett is challenging the stereotype of what generations have referred to 'easy, feminine work' by stitching her own hand with a needle and thread.

The phrase, ‘Women’s work,’ makes most of us cringe - this is not the 1800s and is not a term that we should be using today. However, embroidery is just one of the art forms that is often preconceived to be a ‘woman’s duty,’ as it is classed to be feminine, traditional and light.

Eliza Bennett’s latest series, ‘A Woman’s Work Is Never Done,’ is challenging these preconceptions. By using a sewing needle and coloured thread, Bennett has been using her palms as a canvas to create the illusion of callouses.

Bennet explained her first experience of this technique in school: ‘I was totally amazed to find that I could pass a needle under the top layers of skin without any pain, only mild discomfort. As with many childhood whims it passed and I hadn’t thought any more about it, until quite recently when I decided to apply the process to my hand to make it appear calloused and work-worn like that of a manual labourer.’

‘There are many men employed in caring, catering, cleaning etc… all jobs traditionally considered to be ‘women’s work.’ Such work is invisible in the larger society, with ‘A Woman’s Work’ I aim to represent it.’

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