In this series I explore the social construction of gender by juxtaposing both contradictory and supportive correlations between material, image, and process, in order to present alternative visions of identity. Using a plasma-arc cutter, I create delicate forms resembling textile patterns, images from nature, or imagery traditionally associated with women. I am particularly drawn to feminism's acceptance of domestic activities as a valid approach to contemporary art practice. Thus, I consider the making of these steel dresses as “sewing with fire”.