Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Scrapbooking by the Genders

Continuing a discussion about gender in scrapbooking, I hit a revelation about myself.

My audience contains copious and diverse genders. :D Does anyone else do scrapbooking? If so, feel free to post samples, annotate your gender, and link in a comment below. It would be fun to compile a post linking pictures of pages by all these different genders.

If you want to see scrapbook pages by a metasexual, here are some of mine:




Well I'll be dipped. There it is. You can actually see my gender in my papercraft. I had no idea until I went and looked at it.

Masculine aspects: Some of these pages are very simple and minimalist, or use a lot of straight lines and classic colors. "Our Dreams Take Flight" is text printed on a cloudscape. "The Prairie in Central Park" is printed on plain green paper with a sticker of one bee. "Hanes" / "History" has letterprint background in shades of brown overlain with burnt-edged poems, and looks like something that would hang in a man's den. "The Quicksilver Linguist" is printed on white paper with a wavy edge and an illustration, on a straight-edged black mat, on a linen-textured silver page.

Feminine aspects: I use far fewer of these, but you can see them most strongly in "Where Have All the Heroes Gone?" / "Different Gifts" which are, in fact, poems about gender dynamics in fantasy. Both poems have three straight edges and one heart-cut edge, matted on a straight-cut colored paper, over a background of swirling purple or a castle (both "princess" papers). I also have some that are somewhat similar to standard scrapbooking with a shaped-edge poem over a printed background, as in "Applejack."

Genderqueer motifs: I really gravitate toward opalescent, metallic, glitter, handpainted, supersaturated, and other extravagant styles of background matched to the poem's theme. "How Chaos Came to the Cosmos" is done twice, printed on white with illustrations and a wavy edge, backed once on opalescent paper and once on patterned brown. "Mental Iterations" is printed on white cloud-edged paper, on a teal straight-edged mat, on a background of verdigris with copper glitter dots and swirls. "Shumáad Delineha" / "Space Flight" is a bilingual poem in Láadan and English. It's printed on white wavy-edged paper on a background of space paper which I have further amended with swirls of clear glitter pen. "Radiant Matter" is printed on white paper with a fancy scrollwork edge on a different opalescent background. I think the most ambigendered example is this two-page spread of "Keys" and "The Plowshare Sword." "Keys" is printed on pale green paper with an illustration and a fancy scrollwork edge, on a straight-edged green mat, on a background of multicolored jungle-print paper with gold foil dots and leaves. So basically queer as fuck. "The Plowshare Sword" is printed on white paper with a fancy scrollwork edge, on a straight-edged brown mat, on a background of a faint farm scene bottom-edged in brighter pheasant feathers. Yes, they actually make a few very masculine-themed scrapbook papers, which I have mixed with a much more feminine scrollwork edge made with craft scissors.

im in ur craft aisle queerin ur scraps


I honestly had no idea about this until I looked at my samples with a gender lens, but there it is. Obviously my gender shows in my writing, but I hadn't realized that it also shows just as vividly in my papercrafts. In fact, this is a really fantastic illustration of what metasexual means: beyond categories, viewing gender not as one thing but as a giant box of loose parts to be composed as needed for the art of it. :D 3q3q3q!!! This is so cool.
Tags: art, crafts, gender studies, how to, personal
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