There are always voices around us, saying that women and men have different abilities in different fields and are born to have a distinct personality and social function. However, as Simone de Beauvoir said in The Second Sex, “One is not born, but rather becomes, women…human are born free, create our own life’s meaning.” I am always challenging the way gender stereotypes want to shape us during grown-up.
For a long time, philosophers think “using tools” is a way to distinguish human and other species. In history, lots of women have been used tools. However, here, today, we are still unrespectfully treated when using power tools to create art pieces in the art school. Therefore, I took art, my most powerful tools to speak my voice out loud.
Clothes, to be considered as one kind of expression of yourself, are classified into menswear and womenswear. The power-tool pattern was enlarged and then used as the templates for my thesis collection, which contained classic “female” dresses and “men” suits since I want to remove this kind of limitation. I chose pink and blue, which traditionally have represented girls and boys, to be the main colors of the collection. To reinforces my intention for a human to wear whatever they want and be whoever they want to be. Different things can be “power tools” for different people. With my collection, I aim to challenge the systems and institutions that forbid or discourage people from picking up the power tools they need just to be themselves.