World 132

In World 132, Clothing manufacture begins healing. High speeds of hand stitching, enable trance-like states. Spiritual guidance requested from imaginary worlds is received through the work, and manifested in Automatic Embroidery on Free-willed clothing shapes.

Origins of this design process are ancient, remaining with some indigenous communities, and remembered through sacred folk motifs, but the practice increasingly lost through the easy availability of clothes and reduced trust in the imagination.

Artist Madge Gill demonstrated resilience and hope through this art (1920’s – 1960’s) after finding her Ancient Babylonian Spiritualist Guide Myinnerest. Madge’s legacy guides a multi-cultural, mixed ability, global calling.

What if …

the making of clothes was a healing process intentionally initiated by a community?

Issue:

clothes become integral to good health and social security for marginalised people

Inspiration:

fantasised visions of dress making in ancient worlds, and the visionary, self taught artist Madge Gill

This World was contributed by East London Textile Arts (located in London, UK) using a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence which allows others to share and adapt the work in any medium and for any purpose, providing that they credit the author and share their material using the same Creative Commons licence.

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Published by Amy Twigger Holroyd

explorer of Fashion Fictions

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