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Karen Woods

MA Textile Design work by Karen Woods

The Brides’ Trousseau: objects to make her inefficient and fashionable.

My current practice has its roots in textile history and practice, with the language of stitch being my pivot. The period I have engaged with is the C18th and C19th from which to draw my inspiration, my aim was not to create historical accuracy but, rather, a mood of that period from a contemporary perspective. By delving deeper into the philosophy of the period, I believe I have been able to engage with my subject, creating not just aesthetically pleasing work but a final piece that comments on the changing ideals of beauty, and how the body was subject to social control with the person afforded status by being transformed into this cultural ideal. Women’s bodies were encased and contained; reduced to fragmented fetish objects, which also limited movement to a set of acceptable gestures.

I wanted to use materials that may not be traditionally associated with textiles and femininity and may carry different connotations if used out of context. I became interested in manipulating a primarily masculine medium such as mild steel to create decorative pattern. I also chose a medium which to me could have the dual purpose of constraint and protection.

Exhibition

– Karen Woods, MA Textile Design

Exhibition

– Karen Woods, MA Textile Design