Healing

     

    2021


A collection of wearable and thoughtful textiles digitally exhibited as part of Australian Eastern Daylight Time: RMIT Bachelor of Fashion and Textiles Design Graduate Exhibition.

The relationship between textiles and the human body is one of co-dependence. Textiles aid the healing of our bodies; they bind, cast, wrap and hold us. Simultaneously, they rely on our care to prolong their lifespan and prevent inevitable pathways to decay. My work is inspired by transformative bodily processes such as bruising, bleeding and breaking, and the blurred boundary between textiles and human skin. I work with upcycled fiber collaging and historical repair techniques with careful consideration of the long-term stability of each piece.

The works were exhibited as digital scan composites, created by stitching together scanned tiles of the garments, like a mosaic.

    Single scanned tile. Jacket detail. Patchwork of found cellulose, Rubia Tinctorum dye, quilted with cotton, mended with gold. 
    Vest with soft bruise. Intarsia knit. Mosaic digital scan.
    Dress with scar tissue. Singed silk organza, Rubia Tinctorum dye, silk thread. Mosaic digital scan.
    Jacket with skin grafts. Patchwork of found cellulose, Rubia Tinctorum dye, quilted with cotton, mended with gold. Mosaic digital scan.
    Repair detail in gold.
    Shirt with a hard bruise. Silk organza, sprayed acrylic. Mosaic digital scan.
    Mosaic digital scan.