School of Design, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand
RE-INSTALLMENT questions the process of getting dressed and undressed, and explores the varied sensations and processes involved. Inspired by the Japanese theory of Mā, space is explored through drape and the ever-changing relationship between body and garment. Visual expectations are intentionally generated and then subverted by the feeling of the worn garment.
Textural upholstery fabric is employed alongside silk, cotton, and knitwear to dictate and vary the sensations perceived by the wearer. The combination of these layers and garment composition creates a visual story about where they should feel tight, heavy or displaced, and where they should feel light and free. However, elements within the garments replace these expectations with a new, worn reality.