Clara Vuletich is Harvest Workroom's January 2012 designer in residence and will present the findings of her residency in a presentation/show-and-tell.
Using Harvest Workroom's location in East Brunswick Clara explores what a local textile could be. What does a Melbourne cloth look like? What colour is it? Who made it? Where have the raw materials come from?
Utilising a range of techniques and ideas, such as natural dyeing using local Melbourne native plants, sustainable printing techniques and creative upcycling Clara will attempt to develop a taxonomy of ‘local textiles’ for Harvest Textiles.
We live in a globalised world where most of our clothing, textiles and objects are made abroad and we are disconnected to the making of most of the products in our lives - how can we re-connect?
The idea of ‘local’ has gained prominence in most urban cities with slow food, farmers markets, the sprouting of an urban agriculture movement and the re-emergence of independent retailers and companies, who offer us trust, loyalty and a sense of community. But what does this mean for textiles?
Historically, all our textiles and garments were made locally or by ourselves.
If they were made locally, the distance between the producers and the users of textiles was minimal. If we made our own textiles we were closely connected to the growing, collecting and creating of materials and plants that were used to produce them. Both these scenarios meant we had a more intimate relationship and they created a vastly different dynamic to the fast, shallow relationship we have to our garments today.
Presentation to be held at Harvest Workroom
512 Lygon Street, East Brunswick
Saturday January 21st from 10.30am - 12pm
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