The moth path coat
To mobilize members of my local community, I engaged collaborations from students from the Working Men’s College in Camden, for the repair process, which included embroidery, sewing and textile drawing. A printing company, developed the moth rubber-stamp motif, which was based on a scientific drawing of the species of moth (Tineola bisselliella) responsible for the damage. I designed this using digital technology and applied it using the stamp, to create a pattern on the coat.
The whole project was realized without any financial transactions; rather, it was an exchange and sharing of skills and ideas. By emphasizing the history of the coat and the creative processes that facilitated its repair, an emotional attachment was developed between the coat, its owner and all involved in its renovation. It also garnered an emotional response from the people who came to see it at the exhibition.