Wearing: Coat
2019
unbraided worn rug sewn into a coat, rug remnant
36 x 47 x 3"

An old braided rug was unbraided, pressed, pieced together into fabric & then made into an article of clothing that may have been cut up for the rug. The holes are from the passage of footprints over time, the dirt spots reveal the unhidden surface of the braid.

detail of Wearing: Coat
2019
unbraided worn rug, pressed, pieced and sewn into fabric

The dirt spots reveal the unhidden surface of the braid, while the holes reveal the passage of footprints over time.

Wearing: Unbraided coat in process
2019
unbraided worn rug, pressed, pieced and sewn into fabric
Detail of fabric made from unbraided rug, pieced together
2019
unbraided worn rug, pressed, pieced and sewn into fabric

An old braided rug was unbraided, pressed, pieced together into fabric & then made into an article of clothing that may have been cut up for the rug. The holes are from the passage of footprints over time, the dirt spots reveal the unhidden surface of the braid.

Wearing: Shirt
2019
unbraided worn rug sewn into a shirt, rug remnant
30 x 36 x 2 inches

An old braided rug was unbraided, pressed, pieced together into fabric & then made into an article of clothing that may have been cut up for the rug. The holes are from the passage of footprints over time, the dirt spots reveal the unhidden surface of the braid.

Detail of fabric made from unbraided rug, pieced together
2019
unbraided worn rug, pressed, pieced and sewn into fabric

An old braided rug was unbraided, pressed, pieced together into fabric & then made into an article of clothing that may have been cut up for the rug. The holes are from the passage of footprints over time, the dirt spots reveal the unhidden surface of the braid.

Wearing, unbraided braided rug
2019
unbraided worn rug, pressed, pieced and sewn into fabric

An old braided rug was unbraided, pressed, pieced together into fabric. The holes are from the passage of footprints over time, the dirt spots reveal the unhidden surface of the braid. Much of the fabric was never stepped on, due to the braiding process, so some really surprising patterns and vivid colors emerge!

Wearing: Stockings
2019
unbraided worn rug, pressed, pieced and sewn into fabric
40 x 27 x 1 inches

This rug was mostly synthetic fabrics, so I felt stockings could have been shredded to make it.

Studio Visit at the Mabel Residency at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, heaven on earth!
2019

Thank you Lois Harada for this photo ;-)