We heard from three of the makers appearing this week as part of Garnet’s residency at new independent Gentlewench, created by Wei Yue and buyer Tijana Djordjevic, formerly of Mouki Mou and Dover Street Market.
Garnet was founded this year, with made-to-order clothing, homewares and jewellery by designers connecting nature, craft and the sentimental, each with their own historical context. Eroticism is revealed in the anthropomorphic figures by British artist Joanne Burke, while hand crocheted textiles by CSM alum Gabriele Skucas consider both social and cultural heritage of the two piece school uniform.
Making up the remainder of Garnet’s inaugural list are Sibyl, whose first chapter offers escapism via chenille jacquard opera cloaks, plus costume designer Patricia Perales García whose one-of-a-kind clay pieces strive for ‘perfect imperfection’.
Cornelia Andersson, of Sibyl (meaning ‘female oracle’), ‘Local artisans play a key role in the realisation of pieces from Sibyl, making them much more sustainable. The craftsmanship that goes into each stitch makes the pieces timeless. We have a slow fashion approach, and pieces are intended to be worn until they falls apart, not for one season.’
Patricia Perales García, ‘Working with clay [it’s] one of the purest and most sustainable materials I have come across and worked with. It’s extracted from the ground and mixed with water and sometimes sand in order to give it strength. It’s natural not to have any waste. I can always bring back to life a dried ceramic piece by softening with water and letting it dry again. I never create any waste, instead I re-use the the clay that either is being dried out as previously explained or has been bisque fired, in this case you can recycle by grinding it and transforming into small particles of sand, that can be added to the already made clay and adds a lovely texture.’
Joining the residency will be artists Abigail Booth and Max Bainbridge of studio Forest + Found, ‘Driven by a deep relationship to the land, we work with raw materials sourced directly from landscapes in and around the UK. Working with storm felled trees and sustainably managed woodlands allows us to work with material that would otherwise go unseen and forgotten. The relationships formed between material and place through the act of making is fundamental to our practice and the work we make.’
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