Rachel Eli-Jones

The artist writes about the process of creating her project, Informally Gizmo: An Incomplete Encyclopedia.The project consists of a series of illustrations and writings that express the kinesthetic relationship between the body and tools. Making a case for the value of trade-skills as a mechanism for self-empowerment, Eli-Jones calls attention to the body performing trade-skills. She argues for an approach to teaching tool-use with a methodology more akin to dance or yoga. The artist creates a narrative as a way to subvert and dismantle the masculine culture which hinders women from accessing trades-skills education. The project acknowledges the power of story in dictating gender roles and examines gender-based aesthetic associations in marketing and branding objects, lifestyles, and identities. The artist’s final project creating space for tools and their associated actions to be equally owned by both genders, while also portraying the female perspective of ownership, familiarity and wonder.

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Thesis Title: 
Informally, Gizmo An Incomplete Encyclopedia
Thesis Year: 
2017