Open Book Series 2008

As my own future has been enhanced though education, I made the Open Book images in celebration of the term ‘blue stockings’ the coloured stockings worn by male intellectuals in eighteenth century Britain.

The history of women’ who sought to enter the educational arena were often given the derogatory title of ‘blue stockings’ thereby condemning them for assuming a male prerogative.

The term has come to represent strength, tenacity and determination as shown by the original ‘blue stockings’ that were the first women to enter tertiary education and therefore gave a new sense to female empowerment and equality.