Textile compositions and sculptures by Jade Pegler using recycled fabrics and techniques of sashiko.
'Masks and costumes are seminal expressions in many folkloric traditions and can signify important cultural moments: heroic acts, define religious celebrations, channel spirits, or provide entertainment. Masks in particular are a metaphor for the facades we construct to conceal the ‘true self’ from our neighbors. For Mulyana the impulse behind the Adikara and Nayanika costumed figure installations, are intended to represent the opposite—for him, these avatars more accurately embody his personality than the Mogus characters are able to achieve. These figurative tableaus speak to the universal struggle of becoming comfortable in one's own skin and resonate profoundly as we grapple with this unprecedented era of isolation and uncertainty.' Mulyana
Mulyana makes multi coloured costumes inspired by organic forms from crochet and knitting. These costumes are from his exhibition, 'Fragile Ecologies', features two life-size, hand-knit and crocheted costumes and a series of sumptuously knit coral islands.
Clothes tell stories and I love this image by Italian artist Martin Smatana who uses old textiles to make new dreams.
"An 11-year-old boy moved from England to Palermo, Italy. He had not seen his British grandmother for over a year during the lockdown. As all the flights to London were cancelled due to the pandemics, he decided to walk. His parents first told him “NO” for 50 times until his father finally agreed to go with him. They walked across Italy, Switzerland and France, they got lost a few times, got bloody feets, fought off wild dogs and slept under the stars. After 93 days, 2.800 kilometres and two weeks in quarantine, they made it to Trafalgar Square so the boy could finally give a hug to his granny who couldn't believe her eyes.
This is one of 52 positive stories that I collected over the past year and turned into textile illustrations using old secondhand clothes." Martin Smatana
A Year of Good News is published by Monokel Books