Parafictional objects: Her Finger by Chun Shao
Her Finger is a series of kinetic finger accessories. It presents a hybrid form of wearable objects, which mingles the functionality and sensuality between an ancient Chinese fingernail guard and a modern female stimulator. The two types of finger related objects create this interesting tension between power and pleasure, external and internal, rigid and soft.
By applying traditional crafting and E-textile techniques, I intend to create a new form of finger accessory, which depicts the sense of internal touch, the imagination of sexual pleasure, the history and future of being a woman.
The ancient Chinese nail guard came from the time of Ming and Qing dynasty. Having the extreme long fingernail and wearing the nail guard is a sign of power and beauty for ancient Chinese women. The nail guard is a jewelry (usually made by gold and gemstones) used to protect the long fingernail. This historical jewelry also implies the meaning as a tool to forbidden ancient women to use their fingertips to touch, explore and feel things, especially the body.
Making the new forms of Finger accessories:
Making the silicone fabric
Applying the thread and different fabric manipulation patterns
Making variations of the objects