MATERIAL MEMORY


Each of these pieces, made from scrap, are an assembled material memory: cut of fabric that carries history from former lives. Pushing towards a zero-waste practice, this series is an effort in utilizing scrap into visual/tactile objects that create new identities and narratives in their combination. A magical property of textile is its ability to be reconstructed, cut apart and put back together. The works resemble abstract quilts, which have a long history representing values of upcycling and renewal. Their reassembled forms come purely from intuition, there is no precise pattern to their combination, and the process is guided by feeling. Coming from a multigenerational family of Sicilian American fashion industry workers, we’ve collected a considerable amount of fabric scraps over the years. Each cut of fabric has provenance from a former function: ribbons and fabrics that have been passed down through my family, offcuts from studio projects, discarded or cut clothing, extra fabric from my wedding, used sailing paraphernalia, dyed scraps and hand towels. Each piece has its own silent story from my personal history and beyond that, a place it was made, and person whom it was made by. The process of their assembly has felt like following a Ouija board, feeling with my fingers and eyes what should be placed where, as though guided by spiritual external influences. As each composition is created, a new arrangement is revealed to me through the process of making.

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