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Vagina Crafts: Woman Knits Scarf With Her Vulva

Knitting. The past time of Grandmas, crafters and WI members alike. It conjures up images of ill-fitting jumpers with long sleeves, odd-sized gloves, the clickity-clack of needles and complicated patterns. It certainly doesn’t inspire visions of private parts that’s for sure.


Until now.

Self proclaimed ‘performer craftavist’, Casey Jenkins, 34, has produced an unusual piece of performance art, called Casting Off My Womb, in which she spent 28 days knitting from a ball of wool which she inserted inside her vagina.

In an interview (see video below), Casey informs us that,

If you take a good, hard look at a vulva, you realize it’s just a bit of a body. There’s nothing that is shocking or scary, you know, nothing that is going to run out and eat you up.

Which is good news!

She goes on to say,

The piece for me is about assessing and being intimate with my own body.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6RZZf6HMzo]

The performance took place in a Gallery in Australia, where she sat daily, wearing just a woollen jumper as she went about knitting, straight from the hip…so to speak! The masterpiece she worked away on, hung from coat hangers as the spiel of wool unfurled from inside her – however Casey insists that the experience didn’t hurt her in any way.

It’s unusual and it’s confining because I am attached to this knitting so I can’t get up and wander around. So it is restrictive, but it’s not painful. I mean people push babies out of there so it is a pretty robust area.

Despite mother nature even coming to pay a visit to her during the stretch in the gallery, Casey persisted with her work, admitting,

The performance wouldn’t be a performance if I were going to cut out my menstrual cycle from it. When I’m menstruating it makes knitting a hell of a lot harder because the wool is heavy and you have to yank at it.

Casey is part of a larger group of ‘craftavists’ called the ‘Craft Cartel’ group who describe themselves on their website as ‘for crafty types who don’t dig rose-scented doilies.’ They use art and performance to protest about feminist and social issues.

Apparently, the aim behind the Casting Off my Womb live art piece is to challenge the negative and fearful view of the female genitalia. Casey adds,

I think the expectation when you’re showing the vulva is that people are going to feel fear and revulsion. So by linking the vulva to something that people find warm and fuzzy and benign and even boring, such as knitting for a long period of time, I hope that people question their fears and the negative association with it.

….Now where did I put my knitting needles?

 

 

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