Juxtapose ‘Hota’ fabric construction
For her MA, Isabel is researching fabric construction through pattern cutting, origami and sustainability. Her work features the use of fabric remnants to reconstruct garments, up-cycling vintage and unwanted clothes, giving them new life by transforming them into contemporary fashion pieces. Her work on sustainability led Isabel to the natural etchings of British artist Bernard Leach, who spent his early life in Japan and Hong Kong. In his drawings, Leach evokes his romantic and honest memories of a young adult living an ordinary life in Japan.
Isabel chose the etching ‘A scene in Hota village, Boshin’, giving it colour and life using remnants of different fabrics, appliqué and embroidery stitches. The scene depicts everyday activities in a natural environment.