talking textiles

talking textiles

Within my final project for the Foundation Course for Art & Design with the the focus on surface design at the London College of Communication. I was especially interested in Mental Health. I wanted to explore the complexity of mental states – the scientific as well as the personal, emotional side. I tried to reflect my own psycological behaviour as well as the psyche of the people around me which are dealing with mental issues. I did my research in different areas and I wanted to go deeper into the topic of writing and typography within this project. I wrote down my thoughts and also transformed some into poems and processed my ideas in connection with textiles. As I focused mainly on schizophrenia I felt I needed to put those thoughts on fabric in a way many people with mental problems did. Through interminable handcrafts you get to reflect yourself and the repetition of the processes can be a form of meditation, exhausting but a way of sorting thoughts.The docotors coat and the nightgown are reflecting the condition and the circumstances to which schizophrenia can lead. The fight for a normal life and the hard way to get that back which leads through medication, clinics and endless thoughts. The red thread on the pure white fabric is a symbol for these confusing thoughts, the paranoia, the confusion of which of these thoughts are real and which are an illusion from your mind.This confusion of thoughts resulted in a poem I wrote for the final piece, the doctors coat, which reflects the complexity of the mind and which is running down the coat like blood rushes through veins.

memory of textile

memory of textile

We share a common memory when we think about certain places and pictures develop in our minds. We all think in different ways but certain features stay in our brain. The pictures of the ancient world – columns, ruins, temples and white marble arise before your inner eye. Nevertheless these pictures are nothing more than vague memories and fragments of thoughts, from which we build a new unreal place. The digital print is manifesting these thoughts on a medium. It brings faded pictures on a silk fabric that is see-through and moving and confronts the projections with each other and blends them into a new image through light.
The artworks challenges what we think about our perception and the memories that we see as a reality but which needs to be questioned again and again over time. What is a personal memory? Which memory is already set on the fabric of my retina? Which memories are fading and are being torn up and are overwritten by new ones? The blending of memories and the deception of our brain inspired me to create a light cube that combines old, similar seeming slide pictures which are creating a new blurred image of a place through layering. Through the context of the slides, individual squares have been used to form mosaic-like objects, which don’t quite seem like they belong together and which lead to the creation of a fragmented fabric.

marrakesh

marrakesh

During the first year of my study, the textile department went on a excursion to Marrakesh. I was fascinated by many things on this trip – the culture, the colours, the people. While staying at a „Riad“ in the centre of Marrakesh, we always listened to the radio and they often played the song „Aicha“ by the singer Cheb Khaled. The song is in french and arabic and is about the desperate try of a man to persuade Aicha with different luxurious and romantic things. Nevertheless Aicha wishes for other things. She answers:

Keep your treasures / I’m worth more than all that / Baras are bars, even if made of gold / I want the same rights as you / And respect for each day / I don’t want anything but love

Her needs are not satisfied with material things, instead she demands the respect and the rights she deserves. The song stuck in my head although, at first I didn’t understand the text of the song. As I read a translation and understood the issues that are highlighted through this song, I was really surprised. I originally thought the song is a simple love song but the text was an inspiration and an interesting change of thoughts. It made me think about the struggle in fulfilling these rights and needs. Even in our modern times, it is still very hard for women as well as for men, in all cultural areas, to reach these goals. I stitched the contrasting texts of the protagonists in the song on pictures I took of an unknown man and a woman in Morocco. It is a symbolic representation of the struggles between them, concerning their needs and their communication.
The text therefore can be felt like braille as it is permanently „embossed“ on the images and is left unfinished as the struggle in conversations continues.

impact

impact

For this project I was especially interested in communication through music. They once sent a golden record into space to give informations about our species to aliens, if they would exist and they would ever find it. The red thread connects the record which is falling into pieces. It is jointed with communicating cores, telling the endless dream of finding other creatures in the width of the universe.