ReDress, solo exhibition, Industry Lab. 2016

The culminating show for my residency at Industry Lab in Cambridge, MA; these were the results of a three month experiment in building a system for garment design using a fixed set of polygons, simple programming and a sewing machine.

As an artist my medium of choice is often cloth, used both as a physical object and interpreted through other digital media like photography and video. This project began as an exercise in design and learning how to code, filtered through the lens of my interest in clothing and methods of clothing construction. The systems-based design work of Nanni Strada and Sol Lewitt also inspired the work shown here, as well as the simplicity and flexibility of early Eastern clothing designs; the patterns for these historical garments heavily informed the creation of the group of shapes that are the building blocks of the objects displayed in this collection.

For this ongoing project, I created a library of 108 polygonal shapes taken from research done on early Eastern clothing designs. I wrote a simple program using p5.js that randomly selected 5 shapes from this library and put the selected shapes together in various ways. The resulting combinations were then curated by me and mirrored across the x-axis to form one side of these two sided garments. The resulting mirrored combinations are translated into Adobe Illustrator and printed as full-size paper patterns to be used for the garment construction. The initial garments produced for this show were a few of the most wearable of many, many combinations generated by the computer. 

Show Poster Design, 18 x 24”, Archival Inkjet Print.

Poster Design, Shape Library, 18 x 24”, Archival Inkjet Print.