Womanual is a textile piece in the form of an outrageously long ‘tea-towel’ which has been folded, starched and ironed. The length relates to the never-ending list of household tasks carried out by women, and the meticulous ironing to a typical job within the home. The folds conceal images of household chores in the same way that ‘women’s work’ is done but no one sees the effort and time put in.
The eight pairs of protective gloves which accompany Womanual have their own role, to remind us of the unseen woman who carries out the household tasks. These gloves have their own labels which are stitched with the names of television programmes whose titles have words which relate to women and the home
The bands of text along the length of this piece contain information gathered by published surveys on women’s roles within the home. It also has sentences relating to cleaning which are based on simple instructions found in household manuals but on closer examination some of the words are not quite as they seem.
Along the lower edge of the ‘tea-towel’ are care labels. These labels are handmade and hand stitched with humorous messages which come from an unknown woman and relate to the domestic.