This series is a living documentation of an ongoing process of distorting the buta (also known as the paisley) motif through multiple technical methods of glitches.
Lines and Dye
An exploration of various surface design techniques, each piece is approximately 8x8” and is part of a hand-bound fabric book. Through machine embroidery, I divided colours into shapes to create landscapes of the imagination. The nature of the fibre-reactive dye and embroidery allows each piece to be visually attractive on both sides of the fabric.
1. Polychromatic, side 1/2
2. Polychromatic, side 2/2
3. Breakdown, side 1/2
4. Breakdown, side 2/2
5. Discharge on handpainted silk, side 1/2
6. Discharge on handpainted silk, side 2/2
9. Fibre-reactive dye print
10. Breakdown and silk painting
Sea Life Patterns
These patterns were designed to be digitally printed on textiles. Inspired by my drawings from visits to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto, CA.
Wish You Were Here
"Wish You Were Here" is a series of paintings that I made into greeting cards to celebrate Toronto's neighbourhood Thorncliffe Park, which is an underprivileged, overpopulated community of newcomer Canadians. These are contour drawings of my favourite places, which I scanned and then layered on top of gouache paintings.
Calm, Calm and Not
This series is of a synesthesia as a response of colours to sound. As an active observer of the environment around me, I find myself very insightfully associating the sounds I hear to how it makes me feel – the two most commonly identifiable feelings being calm and anxious. The process of creating “Calm, Calm and Not” consists of recording raw sounds that make me feel calm: the lake, walking in downtown; and then sounds that make me feel anxious: phone beeping and alarm ringing.
I used these four sounds to compose a three-minute music piece, which I then listened to while directly creating three paintings that I intuitively responded to with the music. Then, I created a three-minute film from the paintings using similar approach and techniques as in the “Make the Familiar Strange” project. As all four sounds and all three images overlapped to create the final piece, it reflects the complexity of feelings and reactions to everyday observances, especially of sounds, as they relate to one another.