Material Lives

Material Lives Women Makers and Consumer Culture in the 18th Century

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Eighteenth-century women told their life stories through making. With its compelling stories of women's material experiences and practices, Material Lives offers a new perspective on eighteenth-century production and consumption. Genteel women's making has traditionally been seen as decorative, trivial and superficial. Yet their material archives, forged through fabric samples, watercolours, dressed prints and dolls' garments, reveal how women used the material culture of making to record and navigate their lives. Material Lives positions women as 'makers' in a consumer society. Through fragments of fabric and paper, Dyer explores an innovative way of accessing the lives of otherwise obscured women. For researchers and students of material culture, dress history, consumption, gender and women's history, it offers a rich resource to illuminate the power of needles, paintbrushes and scissors.

Book information

ISBN: 9781350126961
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (UK)
Imprint: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Pub date:
DEWEY: 745.08209033
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 9592
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 744g
Height: 192mm
Width: 246mm
Spine width: 16mm