Textile Art Project – 2016
As the first artwork of as a research student in the Craft : Dyeing- Weaving department at Kyoto City University of Arts, this artwork launches the series of Japanese and Congolese inspired artwork in the field of Textile Art, Textile Design.
Textile Art ,as the textile material , is the medium of expression, embodies an aesthetic based on the artist culture and vision.
Textile Design as the textile is a functional material.
This incorporate Science, because the affinity of material and dyes is considered in the creative process by dyeing experimentations thus textile material research occurs beforehand during the creative process.
Textiles dyed with natural dyes today are applying the traditional technology and craft techniques used by several cultures around the world into with new applications so consequently improvements leading to innovation.
Finally, the result of this creative process being assessed under design research theory to stand as a contribution in the academic field.
Behind お風呂, (ofuro) is the story of a discovery of a textile commodity called “furoshiki “. It is used today in Japan as a wrapping cloth for goods but originally was used as a wrapping and wiping cloth in public bath.
The similarity of wrapping for the furoshiki and the loincloth in Congo is one of the inspiration of this artwork.
Meni ,at first, knew about the furoshiki by the cover of a magazine distributed during a reception at the Japanese Embassy in Kinshasa in 2014.
The contents exposed different folding techniques to wrap different objects and shapes with the connection of the commodity to sustainability as an alternative to single use plastic.
The particularity of the bottle wrapping caught his eyes as the drape resulting to the bottle wrapping and fixture remembered him the loincloth wrapped on a female body. Then He remembered the anecdote that the most beautiful is meant having the Coke bottle shape or the hourglass figure known in fashion history.
The female body – The bottle – The cloth – The Wrapping.
Experimentation of several naturals plants from the department were conducted with protocols from home dyeing craft books and local supplier advices.
The final project was presented at the Annual Student Artwork exhibition in 2016 which whose held at the Municipal Museum of Art of Kyoto .
It is a 240 x 240 cm square piece of cotton fabric wrapped on a torso. The fabric is dyed in dark blue (Logwood chips) and red (Madder roots) with a contrasted circular design.
The notice attached to the artwork illustrated the motif dyed and explained the wrapping creation process.
Bleu and Red as opposite color expression , the Cold and The Warm by extension to the Male and The Female: dualistic view observe into humanity. Thus , those opposite parts are constituent of an unique reality.
Techniques : Deep dyeing, Nui Shibori (Japanese tie and dye by stitching ). Wrapping
Materials : Cotton fabric, Logwood bark chips, Madder roots.