past work

I like the idea of having objects we rely on or “comfort items” actually being comfortable. When I look at everyday items, I think about what they would look like hand stitched out of felt. My objects aren’t seamless in the most literal sense, because I want them to have a handcrafted feeling. I choose not to use my sewing machine because it would complicate my process and take away from the handmade look. When I stitch an object it is like I am making my sketch and my final art piece simultaneously. Instead of making a pattern, I observe the object and create a haphazard replica of it. Sometimes I trace the actual dimensions of the objects, but when it comes to smaller details I simplify. When I am finished, the likeness between the hand-sewn felt or sketch and the actual object is apparent. My work is autobiographical in the sense that the pieces I create are objects that I see or use everyday; they are objects that belong to my house, my roommates or myself. When objects are hand sewn they become approachable, imperfect and childlike.

My work is about the transformation of industrial and familiar objects into hand-sewn pieces. My work began industrial with the creation of a felt PowerBook, phone and I-pod. Gradually I began exploring less industrial and technology-based objects from my daily routine, with the creation of a sink, toothpaste and hairspray. I then began exploring items that belong to other people, so I made my boyfriend’s synthesizer and my friend’s accordion. When I started making the objects I had no clear structure for how the objects would correspond to one another. I realized that I somehow had to make these objects work together and that is when I decided to create four environments: a kitchen, bathroom, studio and a parked bike.


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