The Ironing Maidens are creating live electronic music performance about domestic labour and tech
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The Ironing Maidens project is a live electronic music performance piece - set in your local laundromat. We have adapted real irons and ironing boards into electronic instruments, which we play the set through - with flashing lighting in dryers and projections and costumes and dancing and a smoke machine - of coarse!
This project started as a  homage to the work of Daphne Oram, a pioneer in experimental electronic music development and has been developed around the themes of domestic labour and technology. In Australia not a lot has changed in the domestic sphere. Women still carry a disproportionate load (pun intended) of the housework, and gender roles are socialised early with long lasting consequences for individuals, their career choices and society. The invisibility of women's work in the household is not so different from the invisibility of women's work in the history of EMP. This is what we want to talk about. 

We are passionate about opening up discussions with our audience around these topics and breaking apart the gender norms - particularly when it comes to housework. We discuss these topics through our music performance, afterwards with the audience, online in our facebook group, at artist talks, through the workshops we run with young people. We want young people to be able to see that these views are outdated and to be empowered enough to question and challenge them in constructive and creative ways. 

Our current EP - Electro House Wife, has just come out, and it shares a similar trajectory to our live show - so you can put it on, sit near your washing machine, close your eyes and get involved in the spin cycle that is The Ironing Maidens. We also have a new music film clip just out, and a Laundromat Tour of Queensland starting up in a few weeks. 
Following the tour, an album and another tour is in the pipeworks, as well as the building phase of our new dream - a modular synth iron series! 
We look forward to sharing this ironing journey with you. To discuss the concepts, make space for your input into our development process, give you access to our real world experience out there in the world of Laundromats and discussions. We would like to work together with you to create a more balanced gender environment where everyone can 'share the load'.

Have a fabulon day!
Melania and Patty - The Ironing Maidens
Tiers
Interested in Ironing?
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
You can tune into our patron-only feed. Here is where we will share updates on the tour, the album and keep you up to date with the project and news.
Beginner Ironers
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Beginner Ironers are able to claim their place at our Ironing Board. We will send you a free download of our New Single - Strike While The Iron is Hot!
Ironers with Taste and Style
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Ironers with taste and style get to download our whole EP for free, and cheaper than you can get it on Itunes! Yay! 
Ironers with Attitude
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
Ironers with attitude get to download the New EP - Electro House Wife - for free. They also get to join the secret Ironing Maidens online group to get in close and personal as we write and record the new album this year. Pick up production tips we use, find out about what samples we are collecting and how we are using them.. behind the scenes into our creative process.  and our songwriting methods and get to know us a bit more. Put your two cents in on what you think of the new tracks, your thoughts on the topics we are discussing, suggest laundromats for the next tour.. get involved!
Co - Ironers
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Want a credit on our next album? Co-Ironers get to download our EP, join the secret group etc. But you also can really get involved in the next album. We'll share with you our production and songwriting methods and you can get to know us, and our process on a personal level. Put your two cents in on what you think of the new tracks, your thoughts on the topics we are discussing, provide feedback on the tracks, suggest laundromats for the next tour.. get involved and ironing!
Seriously Obsessed Ironers
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
Want us to come and play your local laundromat? (in Australia) It roughly costs us $2000 a gig to get us there and ironing! All you need to do is to decide which laundromat, who you want to invite and we will do the rest.. get ready for some fresh pressed beats! We need you to commit to 4 months and then we can iron iron iron!
Goals
$0 of $100 per month
When we reach $100 a month we will start a special podcast series where I interview 1 Patron a month about their views on ironing, gender roles and technology. This research will start the basis of the new album and it's themes as they relate to our current environment.
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The Ironing Maidens project is a live electronic music performance piece - set in your local laundromat. We have adapted real irons and ironing boards into electronic instruments, which we play the set through - with flashing lighting in dryers and projections and costumes and dancing and a smoke machine - of coarse!
This project started as a  homage to the work of Daphne Oram, a pioneer in experimental electronic music development and has been developed around the themes of domestic labour and technology. In Australia not a lot has changed in the domestic sphere. Women still carry a disproportionate load (pun intended) of the housework, and gender roles are socialised early with long lasting consequences for individuals, their career choices and society. The invisibility of women's work in the household is not so different from the invisibility of women's work in the history of EMP. This is what we want to talk about. 

We are passionate about opening up discussions with our audience around these topics and breaking apart the gender norms - particularly when it comes to housework. We discuss these topics through our music performance, afterwards with the audience, online in our facebook group, at artist talks, through the workshops we run with young people. We want young people to be able to see that these views are outdated and to be empowered enough to question and challenge them in constructive and creative ways. 

Our current EP - Electro House Wife, has just come out, and it shares a similar trajectory to our live show - so you can put it on, sit near your washing machine, close your eyes and get involved in the spin cycle that is The Ironing Maidens. We also have a new music film clip just out, and a Laundromat Tour of Queensland starting up in a few weeks. 
Following the tour, an album and another tour is in the pipeworks, as well as the building phase of our new dream - a modular synth iron series! 
We look forward to sharing this ironing journey with you. To discuss the concepts, make space for your input into our development process, give you access to our real world experience out there in the world of Laundromats and discussions. We would like to work together with you to create a more balanced gender environment where everyone can 'share the load'.

Have a fabulon day!
Melania and Patty - The Ironing Maidens

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Tiers
Interested in Ironing?
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
You can tune into our patron-only feed. Here is where we will share updates on the tour, the album and keep you up to date with the project and news.
Beginner Ironers
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Beginner Ironers are able to claim their place at our Ironing Board. We will send you a free download of our New Single - Strike While The Iron is Hot!
Ironers with Taste and Style
$10 or more per month 1 patron
Ironers with taste and style get to download our whole EP for free, and cheaper than you can get it on Itunes! Yay! 
Ironers with Attitude
$15 or more per month 0 patrons
Ironers with attitude get to download the New EP - Electro House Wife - for free. They also get to join the secret Ironing Maidens online group to get in close and personal as we write and record the new album this year. Pick up production tips we use, find out about what samples we are collecting and how we are using them.. behind the scenes into our creative process.  and our songwriting methods and get to know us a bit more. Put your two cents in on what you think of the new tracks, your thoughts on the topics we are discussing, suggest laundromats for the next tour.. get involved!
Co - Ironers
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Want a credit on our next album? Co-Ironers get to download our EP, join the secret group etc. But you also can really get involved in the next album. We'll share with you our production and songwriting methods and you can get to know us, and our process on a personal level. Put your two cents in on what you think of the new tracks, your thoughts on the topics we are discussing, provide feedback on the tracks, suggest laundromats for the next tour.. get involved and ironing!
Seriously Obsessed Ironers
$500 or more per month 0 patrons
Want us to come and play your local laundromat? (in Australia) It roughly costs us $2000 a gig to get us there and ironing! All you need to do is to decide which laundromat, who you want to invite and we will do the rest.. get ready for some fresh pressed beats! We need you to commit to 4 months and then we can iron iron iron!