A discarded woman's skirt morphs into a lampshade-like four-sided suspended sculpture. Hand-embroidered cursive on opposing sides reflects the dilemma faced by migrants who must make heart-wrenching choices between staying in the homeland they love versus facing the dangers of crossing borders to seek physical safety or a viable livelihood for their family. A reminder that people do not just pick up and abandon the place they've lived for generations without cause. Small print embroidery at the top repeats the clothing label “Made in Bangladesh” in English and Spanish, emblematic of the juxtaposition between Fast Fashion's makers and consumers.
20" (51 including descending threads) x18"x11" Lining from Reclaimed, Deconstructed St. John's Bay woman's skirt, Found fake-flower petals from Marsha P Johnson Community Park, Brooklyn, Threads from Who Gives A Scrap, Encaustic, Hand and Machine stitch, Wire, Purchased Light Fixture by Sheary Clough Suiter
The nature of today's fashion industry is to discard and replace; in the United States, a staggering 85 percent of our textiles go to the dump each year; the equivalent of one garbage truck of clothing burned or dumped in a landfill every second. These free-hanging sculptures seek to re-envision and re-purpose articles of clothing that might otherwise end up in landfills.