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.
4” hand embroidery
Mounted in a 72cm x 42cm Quilting hoop, #ProLife , portraying Emma Gonzales is a comment on Americas Gun and abortion laws.
To combat using to many plastic sleeves during my workshops, and to create a unique little bag that fits all your embroidery utensils on the go, i designed this little drawstring bag.
At 25cm x 29cm, it will comfortably fit many hoop sizes, your scissors and threads.
They come as part of my workshop, but with high demand, i have decided, to also make them available for everybody else to purchase.
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.
Leading up to Christmas, tis the perfect opportunity to create a hand-stitched gift for a loved one, while supporting the bloody awesome folks of Bloody Good Period, in their quest to tackle universal period poverty, because half of the proceeds of this 3 hour workshop will go into tons and tons of sanitary products to help fight the good fight.
Taking place on Sunday the 25th of November from 1PM- 4PM in Brixton’s Bureau Of Silly Ideas, we will be stitching tampons, period cups and sanitary towels of all kinds.
You don’t need any previous embroidery knowledge, as i will get you started on all you need to know to create your piece. You will be able to choose from a few different designs, to create your mini hoop, with all necessary materials provided and threads generously sponsored by the thread lords of DMC embroidery. Any embroidery enthusiast is super welcome to take part, so what are you waiting for ;)
See you there
Cheers is a one of a kind hand embroidery, with 100% of the sales going to create patches, stickers and postcards of the image, the sale of which will permanently support BloodyGoodPeriod, an organisation giving menstrual supplies to asylum seekers, refugees, and those that can’t afford them.
31cm x 21cm, mounted into the embroidery frame.
Unique hand-embroidered Necklace with chain
Unique little embroidery necklace with chain