[Upholstery, machine braiding, hand tufting, embroidery, weaving]

An abandoned chair was revived using a pile of damaged garments destined for landfill. By unpicking the archaeology of the chair, the bone structure was revealed to be redressed once again. Reclaimed synthetic yarns were harvested by unravelling the garments and braided to strengthen the material to adorn the chair.

Through braiding I was able to mix the tactile and expressive qualities of the different yarns to create new colours, textures and qualities in the braids. Using the techniques of hand tufting, hand embroidery and machine embroidery over and around the braids, I was able to “paint” the design of my body print on the chair.