Retex Sculpture, short for recycled-textile-sculpture, is a term i have coined for my 3D textile art pieces which are entirely created from up-cycled clothes.
Textile sculptures exist in various shapes and forms, and while manipulating fabrics is nothing new, i set the emphasis with retex-sculpting, on my self-imposed rule of only using repurposed fabrics, such as old clothes, bedsheets, curtains basically anything that has an interesting texture to it and gains a new existence through it's use within this art form.
Not being able to re-buy certain fabrics, creates a whole new level of creative thinking solely du to it's limited and random supply. It also opens up a universe of exciting textures and colours that if bought, one would have to spend an enormous amount of money to achieve the kind of selection i have at hand purely through donated clothes.
I am trying to be aware of the waste that i create, and repurposing textiles in the age of fast fashion, into something new and exciting, is no doubt an important part of my practice.
With the earliest pieces created in 2013, this particular part of my body of work, has been steadily growing and gained recognition within the Textile-art world, as it's very own niche.
Original handem-broidery, mounted in an 8” hoop
Flora hand embroidery mounted in a 8” quilting hoop
Original Passionflower hand-embroidery, mounted in a 4"hoop.
Original flower hand-embroidery, mounted in a 4"hoop.
Flora hand embroidery mounted in a 12” x 8” oval hoop
Original Dissected Flower hand-embroidery, mounted in a 8"hoop.
Original flower hand-embroidery,stitched on Sinamay, can be added to head piece, or be used as fascinator
£1 of each patch will be donated to a charity that supports Endo- sufferers!
Dimensions: 50mm x 110mm
4” hand embroidery
Mounted in a 72cm x 42cm Quilting hoop, this incredibly intricate hand embroidery doesn’t just tell the story of women that have come forward during the #metoo momentum of 2017, it speaks of women that survived childhood rape, like Maya Angelou, it reminds us of Jyoti Singh, the young woman who got gang-raped and beaten by 6 men in India on a bus, and died of the subsequent injuries,- it speaks of Islan Nettle and Victoria Carmen White, two transgender women, who did not survive their misogynistic,- transphobic attackers, and it is a stark reminder that we still live in a world ruled by patriarchy, where women are not safe.