Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Story of the Little Girl Who Could Capture (Pt 2).

Once upon a time in a land  
 where things were always threatening to fall through the cracks, there lived a young girl.
She was forever trying to capture things, to store them away.

A moment, a memory, a heartbeat, a smell.

She wanted to bottle them up, and save them for a rainy day, 
when she could let them seep back into her and fill her with life.

She would store them in empty jam jars on the windowsill in the sunlight of the day           
 and the moonlight of the night.

But alas, things were forever slipping through the cracks, or floating away,  
 to live in the clouds of mystery forever.

Until one day she found a way.


They may appear decayed and discoloured, 
but they are far from vacant. 
 Listen to them carefully 
because they have an abundance of stories to whisper to you if you so allow it.

All cloth is eco-dyed. Dye matter varies (Eucalypt, various berries, rust, rosehip tea leaves, chamomile flowers, geraniums, the list goes on). Cloth morsels vary (silk velvet, silk chiffon, silk dupion, cotton damask). Not all pieces shown - these are only a handful.

And I present to you my most recent textiles work for uni.
Sometimes it is hard to translate from cloth to written language. I don't think that everything in this world is meant to be filtered into writing, sometimes it exists within its own language. This work celebrated that element of textiles - the ability for textiles and cloth to tell stories. They capture and store marks, stains, scents by way of touch, of spillages, of being worn. In turn they come to be recorders of histories, stories, moments, places & things absorbing residues and essences. It is the cloth fullest of life that begins to break down and disintegrate. 

The work is also based in the excitement, curiosity and wonder at unearthing a hidden treasure. What awaits them in the box? What are their stories? Who has held them? Where have they been? Whose residues do they hold? What have they seen?


Kendra Alexandra said...

Great post
Your blog is great too, going back to check out past posts now!
Would you like to follow each other on GFC??


Ohhh by the way we have a great giveaway on at the moment for some Le Spec sunglasses!

The Garage Starlets said...

What a great post! Love the textiles!

Clara Turbay said...

it´s good i´ll be back soon.

taylah said...

this is beautiful. i totally agree with what you are saying about written language. i know you mean in the context of your creation with textiles translating to words, but sometimes i just feel like my emotions are way to powerful for any word i know. love and excitement and anger and hate are used so commonly, when i feel it so forcefully the words don't seem to be enough. lovely blog
taylah x

Little Girl Lost said...

This is a tad late but thank you all for the lovely words! It is always great to get another take.