I am exploring the Period Poverty and its relationship to general poverty...Lack...Absence...Without.
Historically women made their own sanitary ware from fabric and absorbent materials. Menstruation is a taboo subject in India and across the African continent, with women being ostracised during their period. Reusable sanitary wear enable these women to combat the stigma and gain back some control. In wealthier countries handmade sanitary wear is a growing trend, both to save money and reduce landfill waste.
A collection of material experiments explore having to manage without sanitary protection – using a range of fabrics, including cotton wool, linen and fleece.
Working from the stained fibres, this video explores the flow of blood (replaced with ink) on water. At this stage in the project I wanted to explore a range of ideas, from the literal soiled sanitary wear to something more abstract.