I just managed to catch the Block Party touring exhibition on it’s final day at Arts Depot. As I used to spend much of my time constructing fashion and costume garments, an exhibition championing the craft of pattern cutting promised some interest.
The exhibition, curated by artist Lucy Orta for Crafts Council, focused on ‘ …sharing the wonderful creative potential of this somewhat invisible subject within the expanded field of art, architecture and design’ says Orta. Block Party brought together artist and designers that utilised pattern cutting in diverse practices such as; fashion design, ceramics, furniture design, textile design, sculpture and science.
I was curious to see how, the artists in particular, used pattern cutting in making work. My two favourite exhibits came from the ‘Pattern cutting as storytelling’ section, ‘Dress from Negative Collection’ by fashion designer Shelley Fox and ‘Les Funerailles de la Baleine’ by artist Claudia Losi. I’ve admired Fox’s work since discovering her designs over ten years ago but had not seen any of her work recently. Like her, I often use layers in my work and allow serendipity to play it’s role during my process.
Claudia Losi shares my need to to use sewing to put things together to tell stories or generate ideas. I was intrigued by Losi’s soft-sculpted whale and a jacket placed on the back of a chair, I discovered the connection by watching the accompanying video.
Here’s what they have to say about their exhibits, click on their names for more info.
‘Pattern cutting has always been integral to the design process within my work, and although it is a highly technical procedure, it is the nature of serendipity within my design development that allows the pattern cutting boundaries to be pushed forward, and the clothing to develop with an original identity’
‘For me, sewing is about putting things together to create shapes that tell their own story and serve as a springboard for distant thoughts: doing things by hand and working with others; the passing of time; incredible stories that make up our reality’.