970 x 560 mm
Dress: machine-embroidered lace, laser-cut Geraldton Wax motif, drawn thread work, hand embroidery and appliqué on Fuji silk, silk organza, silk habutae
‘I have vivid childhood memories of my first sewing lessons and then a few years later the experiences of learning how to construct an actual garment … a real classic from the 60s … a shift. These memories have stayed with me and have inspired me to revisit the basics of garment construction.
The focus of my recent work is the development of a series of works that ‘play’ with the visual representation of the basic language of garment making and cloth structure; elements such as fabric grain, the ‘block’ and pattern-making codes. The traditions of whitework and lace making inform the creation of the open lace-like structures I use to construct garment forms. Whitework focuses on the application of motifs, symbols and textures that reflect my treasured memories. Mementoes of place and identity are imbedded into a cloth structure which is ‘laced’ together to create the simple shift shape.’