Genevieve Guadalupe – Decay
As a textile restorer, I am used to have in my hands fragile fragments of archaeological cloth. The deterioration of such fabrics is fascinating and tells many stories. I usually straighten every strand and threads left and saw them in place to try to preserve as much of the piece or garment as it is possible. For my piece Favelas, the process was the opposite. I started with a nice patch made out of recycled cottons, as well as print of a decaying leaf and asked my friend Aisaid to work out his magic of destruction. Washings, rubbings, fire, natural dye with (brazilwood), and several days of work were necessaries to build a decaying fabric. The log cabin pattern and the disorganization of the placement give the feel of favelas.
Materials: natural cotton fabrics and threads, natural dye (paubrasilia echinata), fire, screen printing
Technique: machine sewn, hand dyed, super washed, hand destroyed, water base ink
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