Thursday, 18 March 2010

Anglorika Series, Part I, 2010

Anglorika I



 








Dimensions & Materials:
Collar: 56cm diameter, 68 cm high
Materials:
- Blue shwe shwe fabric
- Foam
- white beads
- cast silver
- blue buttons

Trousers: 82 cm long, 80cm waist and 80 cm in diameter at the widest part of the leg when worn.
Materials:
- Blue shwe shwe fabric
- Wire
- Facing
- Poppers
- Zip

Belt: 91 cm long
Materials:
- Wire
- Foam
- White fabric
- White beads
- Hook & Eye

Heels: 7.5 cm high, 6cm long and 4cm wide at the top, 3.5 cm wide and 4 cm long at the base
Materials:
- Wood
- White gloss paint

Anglorika Series, Part II, 2010

Anglorika II
























Dimensions & Materials:

Bonnet:72 cm long, 50cm wide (at widest part), 24 cm deep (at deepest part). Each beaded strip is 7 cm wide and 400 cm long.
Materials:
- Red shwe shwe fabric
- Wire
- Red beads
- Fishing line
- Foam

Eye-lashes: 2 x false eye-lashed covered in red thread, 10 cm long.

Bustle: 66cm waist, 60 cm high, 53 cm wide (at widest part)
Materials:
- Red felt
- Red shwe shwe fabric
- Wire
- Red beads
 Leg bracelets: 22cm diameter, 12 cm high (each)
Materials:
- 8 x foam
- 6 bracelets covered in red shwe shwe fabric
- 2 bracelets covered in white cotton and white beads
- Velcro

Heels: 7.5 cm high, 6cm long and 4cm wide at the top, 3.5 cm wide and 4 cm long at the base
Materials:
- Wood
- White gloss paint

Anglorika: Background to work

Anglorika is a series of work in which I look at two very different cultures: British Victorian culture and Tribal Africa. I am fascinated by their distinctive attire, the iconic shapes and unique choice of materials made to create their garments.


In making this series of 'wearable art' I have combined elements distinctive of each society resulting in a new cultural wardrobe. I chose to create each piece in the colours of the British flag, a symbol of the old colonial empire. Anglorika I is predominantly blue and Anglorika II is mostly Red. The colour also relates to the gender of the work, with Anglorika I being inspired by mens’ attire and Anglorika II referencing womenswear.

Anglorika I combines the shape of a Victorian collar with Springbok horns, Zulu shin pieces, Victorian inspired trousers and a beaded belt. The choice of fabric and the bead detailing have a strong South African aesthetic. The pose is inspired from the Tudor Paintings of noble men who all typically held the same pose.

Anglorika II was inspired by Victorian ladies’ fashion and Ndebele Tribal wear. The headpiece combines the shape of a Victorian lady’s bonnet with traditional African materials and craft techniques. The exaggerated shape of the bonnet is covered in shwe shwe and the inside filled with beads. These beads then extend down to two long beaded strips inspired by Ndebele headwear. A bustle covered in shwe shwe fabric with a beaded waist band and Ndebele inspired leg-bracelets complete the garment.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Tribal accessories: Images from the Omo Valley Tribe in Ethiopia

During my research into traditional tribal attire I found images of head dresses made from plants and body paint used by the Omo Valley tribe in Ethiopia- stunning!












Tribal garments and accessories: Ndebele and Zulu tribes from South Africa

Below are images of the Ndebele Tribe from South Africa. These images informed Anglorika II.

Traditional Ndebele attire: beaded leg bracelets

Women in traditional Ndebele attire

Ndebele beaded headwear

Ndebele woman in traditional clothing

The Zulu Tribe of South Africa was referenced in Anglorika I:

Zulu men in traditional clothing