Practicing in my studio in preparation for exhibiting this work, 'From Fabric to Frock', a 16mm black and white film made using a camera-less process that merges digital and analogue techniques. This test was in my workspace at Rogue Studios, Manchester but the work will be shown at Critical Costume, a symposium at Edge Hill University on 17th and 18th January.
'From Fabric to Frock' delves into a seamstress’ sewing box transforming the event of costume making into a moving image. A de-constructed dress performs as fabrics flicker and fall, showing tactile material and moments of creation. Made using experimental camera-less techniques, the one minute film loop plays with pattern, text and image. 'From Fabric to Frock' investigates the idea of tailoring as film editing, and film as fabric and thread, alluding to early experimental film and the role of pre-1930s women editors, or 'cutters' working in the early cinema industry. The looped film and 16mm projector have a sculptural presence drawing further attention to the materiality of filmmaking and garment construction.