Kristin Mariani


“Records of Use”; Pins, needles, thread, cotton ribbon, ric-rac, elastic, woven and fusible interfacing, vinyl strips, leather seams, silk scraps, latex pattern pieces, metal snaps; 16 x 9 x 2 feet

In my practice, I seek to reveal and elevate the physical evidence of both maker and wearer found between the layers of worn garments. My specific interest is to create a “dialogue of labor” between the mass-produced and the handmade. To do this, I utilize a process of deconstruction combined with traditional dressmaking techniques to convert the mass-made into a unique garment. I incorporate physical responses to material that emphasize process, patience, and chance to humanize mechanized labor. Byproduct becomes a new product, and fragment and remnant reenter the material streams of consumption as a new coherent body.