The Refugee I
A sculptural body piece weaved with paper rush, fabrics and bamboo thread. The work reflects the body forms when one is wrapped in thick cloth. It could be worn where you would see the wearer’s face through the narrow gap in the front of the woven piece.
The work was shown as part of Form + Motion, an exhibition presented by the British Council and the Crafts Council, at the UK Pavilion at the 10th Cheongju Craft Biennale in 2017.
Materials and techniques
Paper rush, patterned fabric and bamboo thread used.
Techniques of weaving and twining (2 active and 1 passive weaving elements) applied in the making.
40 pieces of 300cm long paper rush and 100cm by 3cm patterned fabrics were cut by the maker. She tided all strips together into a big knot and continued weaving on each side. The structure is formed when all sides joined. The maker then curved the top of the structure where the head of a wearer would be if being worn. Extra paper rush were woven to fill the gaps left from the first stage of weaving. The gaps left in the first weaving were filled by. The end of the paper rush was knotted with bamboo threads.