Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2024

The Feminine American Pastime
Janet Delavan

The Feminine American Pastime series demonstrates the evolving landscape of gender roles and societal perceptions through an exploration of leisure and labor. The series examines the daunting prospect of competing in a traditionally known “man’s game” as equals yet highlighting the undervalued skills known as “women’s work.”

Drawing inspiration from historical instances of feminine pastimes like the needlework of American Samplers, the symbolic similarities of chess boards and quilts, and the connection between weaving and coding, the series challenges the stereotype of certain pastimes exclusive to gender.

Competition and craft, the origins of what is traditionally categorized as either a feminine or masculine pastime, are exhibited within two case studies. The first book, “Women in Billiards” features 15 women who have made significant contributions to the sport, inspiring future generations of female players to compete, and feel welcomed into this male-dominated space. The second book, “Needle & Thread” showcases contemporary examples of needlework that have often been diminished by their association with domesticity.

Finally, the third book titled The Feminine American Pastime challenges this narrative, by introducing women to traditionally masculine, competitive activities, to foster more inclusive environments. Collectively, this series has the potential to empower and motivate women to explore activities that initially seem intimidating, while liberating ourselves from the idea of certain hobbies being 'inferior' or ‘superior’. By promoting the exploration of diverse pastimes regardless of gender, we cultivate inclusivity and honor the distinct talents of each individual.

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Victoria Beyrard

Anna Blyumenkrants

Tatiana Boccone

Megan Brill

Andrea Chang

Longcan (Hugo) Chao

Jolene Chen

Yu Tung Chen

Yuntong Chen

Loki Chow

Hong Jet Chua

Erin May Cochanco

Janet Delavan

Gayoung Do

Fang Dong

Julia Du

Manan Dua

Colin Elmer

Millie Faber

Siyao Fang

Noah Farjani

Hina Fernstrom

Leslie Fonseca

Sarahi Garcia

Amanda Guo

Charlotte Hailstone

Jieun Han

Mary Hatcher

Elliana Hau

William Hsu

Olivia Hu

Grace Huang

Jung Hwangbo

Krishika Jain

Yoo-Jin Jang

Janice Ji

Wenjie Ji

Eneya Joshua

Yung Ching (Aurora) Juang

Maya Kalinowski

Jasmine Kan

Nabeeha Khalid

Palakh Khetrapal

Jessie Kil

Hope Kim

Hye Yoon Kim

Jenny JaeMin Kim

Lindsay Kim

Aarya Kini

Claudia Kok

Vidhi Kontham

Themis Kung

Hoi Man Kwok

Katherine Lam

Camille Le Bars

Haylee Lee

Minjae Lee

Stacey Lee

Chenxiao Li

Vivian Liu

Sarah Ma

Rosie Mai

Kamryn McKenna

Haley Moore

Graeme Mounsey

Syrus Mow

Viviann Nguyen

Chloé Nini

Smitee Oberoi

Talita Ozkok

Surya Pande

Shruti Pathak

Kelly Peng

Aayushi Pitta

Zoey Poole

Kiara Putrilia

Anjali Raju

Rand Rivera

Virajini Sanghai

Sofia Santana Arrezola

Noor Selim

Anna Sham

Lakeisha Esthetique Sharonina

Carly Shelton

Mengqi Shen

Vanessa Shimon

Alex Vinicius Silva

Arjun Sivaprakasam Thamilarasan

Hajin Son

Yi Song

Alexander Soukakos

Aarya Srikumar

Hannah Suh

Yuka Tamura

Cynthia Huiwen Tan

Sidhya Tikku

Raquel Trevino

Sophie Tsang

Gianna Waldron

Haotian Wang

Yi Wang

Yichen Wang

Yingjie Wang

Victoria Winter

Sage Won

Sora Wong

Shiyao Wu

Tong Wu

Qian Xiang

Faith Xue

Tong Yu

Helen Zhang

Jinyi Zhang

Yixiao Zhao

Yufan Zhao

Haiyu Zhou

Yining Zhou

Feiya Zuo