Oversew - Recycled and Reimagined Liberty ShirtsWednesday, June 01, 2016
Viva La Liberty, my oversew entry, is made from a collection of shirts. The outfit is a memory palace of fabrics and stories of treasured items.
My family is big on narrative and epic stories. Objects are given a history, to be recalled should anyone ask. Locations on a road trip trigger stories of "The time when.." Everything becoming a part of an intricate memory palace. So it is natural that the pieces in Viva La Liberty have their own stories too.
This is the story of the pieces in Viva La Liberty.
A white linen shirt made by myself in 1993, in my earlier years of home-sewing. This shirt featured everything conformist about the 90’s from paua shell buttons, to copious amounts of billowing white linen. This shirt had been worn by myself, passed to my mother for wearing and then catalogued with those items “too good to throw out” at the back of every wardrobe. Fortunately, the hand sewn name tag, saw the shirt to returned to me and reinvented in this outfit. I took great delight in being able to rework my own sewing, as each piece of the shirt was unpicked, pockets removed and buttons put aside. The newly created garments are both different from and reflective of, the original piece.