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Hand and Lock Prize for Embroidery 2015

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For this project, inspired by a country (Nigeria) and singer M.I.A, I created a Nigerian riot girl costume, for an activist both glamorous and able to fight back within her communities. Her elaborate lace outfit is created from a cocktail of embroidered oil spills, traditional Adire and Hausa motifs and stories and creatures that resist. The hyena, no longer muzzled, can transform into a witch; I used real fur and intricate embroidery to create a sense that the embroidery too might come alive.

Keywords

embroidery, arts textiles, digital embroidery, multicultural design

Disciplines

Textiles, Conceptual, Technology

Materials

Textiles
Nigerian Riot Girl costume
Photographer: Original design, make and embroidery Jacky Puzey, photographer John Barwood, Stylist Sue Fyfe Williams, model Patricia Ekall, MUA Jenny Davies
a dress created entirely as an embroidered lace on cotton organdie for the Hand and Lock Prize 2015
Nigerian Riot Girl
Photographer: as previous
Closeup of facemask - this Riot Girl demands #BringbackourGirls now, remembering the Chibok girls
Nigerian Riot Girl
Photographer: as previous
The embroidery is deliberately created to give the dress a sense of being made of a 'feral' lace fabric, using fur, feathers, and a dramatic dark and sheer fabric behind.
Swallow tattoo patch
Photographer: photography Jo Hounsome
Butterfly tattoo patch
Photographer: photography Jo Hounsome

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