Joinery, Joists and Gender
A History of Woodworking for the 21st Century
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Joinery, Joists, and Gender: A Woodworking History for the 21st Century is the first publication of its kind to survey the long and rich histories of women and gender non-conforming persons who work in wood. Written for craft practitioners, design students, and readers interested in the intersections of gender and labor history—with 200 full color images both historical and contemporary—this book provides an accessible and insightful entry into the histories, practices, and lived experiences of women and non-binary makers in woodworking.
Part I presents a woodworking history primarily in Europe and the United States that highlights the practical and philosophical issues that have marked women’s participation in the field. Research focuses on a diverse range of practitioners from Lady Yun to Adina White.
Part II features sixteen in-depth profiles of diverse contemporary woodworkers, all of whom identify fine woodworking as their principal vocation. Through studio visits, interviews, and photographs of space and process, the book uncovers the varied practices and contributions these artisans make to the understanding of wood as a medium to engage spatial, material, aesthetic, and even existential challenges.
Beautifully illustrated profiles include Wendy Maruyama, one of the first women to earn an MFA in woodworking in the US; Sarah Marriage, founder of Baltimore’s A Workshop of Our Own, a woodshop and educational space specifically for women and gender non-conforming makers; Yuri Kobayashi, whose sublime work blurs boundaries between the worlds of art and craft, sculpture and furniture; and Folayemi Wilson, whose work draws equally on African American history and Afrofuturism to explore and illuminate the ways that furniture and wood traditions shape social relations.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction Chapter 1: Early Histories of Women in Woodworking Chapter 2: Changing Educational Models Chapter 3: Shifting Economies Chapter 4: The American Studio Furniture Movement Chapter 5: Contemporary Profiles
Deirdre Visser is a curator, educator, visual artist, and woodworker in the San Francisco’s Mission District