This week I have been flitting between areas of research I began to unravel at the end of last semester but with a new purpose and line of enquiry. I have been thinking about textiles and their archaic use as a means of communication through intricate pattern and design in aboriginal communities. This thought is largely inspired by my research into Anni Albers for my dissertation. I have been thinking about the apparatus used for weaving and the ways in which weaving processes have been adopted in processes that have come to create mechanisms that we use today- namely computing.

The tactile interaction between hand and thread, the associations with weaving as being 'women's work' and then this development into a world where masculinity prevails, where industrialisation is rife and evolution in scientific thought is fuelled by an aim to explore and master the earth is something that fascinates me. Pursuing this area of research I read into feminist technoscience: a branch of science studies that emerged from feminist critique on the way gender and other identity markers are entangled in the fields of science and technology. Reading through Judy Wajcman's 'Technofeminism' I began to understand the feminist concerns with Western science and its cultural association of nature with passive, objectified femininity and of culture with active objectifying masculinity. 'Male machines' replaced the 'female fabrics' as identifiers of modern technology.

Developing this frame of thought I am working with paper, making woven structures that evolve from ordered grids to organic sculptural forms considering the ways in which I can interlink craft, hint at technology and draw parallels with human biology and our connections to technology as a means through which to understand our body through scientific practices. 

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