Saturday, 12 October 2013

April Dauscha

I am really fascinated by boning as a method of adjusting shape and physical volume of garments lately, so I was thrilled when I found April Dauscha's 'Exposed:Armoury of Physical Longings'.
 April works in fabric and costume creating sculptural pieces that explore fashion and costume history whilst  emphasising human experience and emotion.

"Exposed: An Armoury of Physical Longings investigates the idea of body armour; an imaginary wardrobe that serves to protect and accommodate women in their body processes and their mental states. The corsets are uniforms that provide strength and empowerment, setting each woman apart from the rest of her environment; they send out an implicit message, indicating her state of being. She finds comfort and security in the idea of wearing them, because they speak of her desires and struggles. They seek beauty in her burdens.
The series references prototypes of the fashion industry; using the standard dress form to provide fit and form for each of the sewn pieces, along with the use of muslin to express the potential in their wearability. I also reference the historical use of trapunto in quilting and in body armour; commonly used techniques in European quilts and soft armour from the middle ages, that served to protect and comfort those in need.
The corsets are architectural façades that hint at their interior; architectural skins that prepare her for battle. They are the suspension cables that support and raise the fragile foundation; bridges that speak of the past and the present to guide the timeless conversation of womanhood." April Dauscha

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