My practice is interdisciplinary, exploring the interface between dance, fashion, movement and design. It is Informed by the properties of fabric, garment and choreography in order to develop form, shape and conceptual relationships.
Beginning with the concept that the body should be extended physically and emotionally through design, my research tests ways to extend natural form, allowing the body to construct its own resolution to dress. As a trained dancer and choreographer, I know the extremes of the body and its limitations. I believe these limitations can be realised through other means of expression and design, resulting in expansions of new movement. My work synthesises body and garment so that, without the other, neither fully exists. The body is no longer a passive thing to be ‘dressed’ but creates the complete form.
Researching the works of choreographers such as Pina Bausch and Martha Graham and designers Rei Kawakubo and Alexander McQueen, has enabled me to identify the boundaries of these fields. This has led to the development of performance processes for research methodology that allows expression and physicality to go beyond the skin, encouraging practical and artistic coherence of both body and design.
See more work by Amy:
– Image from Masters degree show, short film
– Image from methodology workshop, ‘A movement workshop: Choreology Design’
Garment development through photoshop, motivated from improvisational movement and form
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