Event: Morphology II Exhibition Gallery 159
The exhibition was inspired by the intricate forms of lichen and fungus – this piece in particular was based on the richly crusted lichen on a park bench in the Botanic Gardens of Hamilton, New Zealand.
Materials & Techniques:
Dyed, printed, discharged and foiled cotton, dyed and printed silk organza, heat distorted polyester organza, lace, cord, wire, plastic tubing, free motion embroidery, screen printing.
Undulation II had a working title of Crustalence – this indicated my desire to build up a crusty, crunchy amount of fabric to emulate the rich texture of the lichen I had photographed. The building of layers became on the surface of the fabric as I printed, over-printed and discharged with the screen-print design I had created based on lichen, which was used for screen-printing and devoré printing on silk scarves also in the exhibition.
Undulation has enjoyed two photo shoots, and has been worn to the races in Brisbane. The bodice was created using plastic tubing instead of boning as an experiment, and features a side opening – this was to maximise the use of the back for decorative rather than functional effect.