Deconstructing collective preconceptions of waste by Revaluing the handmade
Nyein Chan Paing
REVALUING THE HANDMADE STARTS AT HOME:
The space between the nude body and the dressed body contains a plethora of information which can help us to understand why we don’t feel comfortable wearing bedsheets in public spaces and touch on the ways in which we may perform self-surveillance in private. I have purposely removed the human body from the equation because of its potential to hold incredible meaning and created a textile body made of scraps to get us closer to seeing waste as a habitable environment.
This scale has allowed me to create rapid toiles of potential fashion outcomes utilising my final samplers/swatches.
Working with the help of needlecraft and other craft books acquired from local opshops I have aimed to get in the way of my own bias’ toward specific materials such as bedsheets and picnic rugs which often harbor stains and tears or come in odd/challenging shapes. This process gives me a glimpse into the exact moment we decide that a certain material won’t do and why we throw things away.
At these specific moments I have unravelled my biases by using methods of literary deconstruction informed by Jacques Derrida. This unravelling aims to show that what we think is waste may not actually be waste and small acts of divergence can create a new dialogue for our bodies.
Moving image of my favourite sampler ( embroidery and applique waste motifs) draped over miniature doll. No cuts made, simple joins for easy taking apart.
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