The Place Memory Journal is a group of material assemblages that explore the idea of how textiles can embody a sense of story and place. I've approached the sketchbook as a textile designer would, collecting fragments of materials that trigger a memory, the edge of a passport, old receipts found in an opportunity shop, graphics sourced from pages of an antique catalogue. Colours have been collected and compiled into color stories from natural dye workshops in the University where I teach. Born in Santiago, Chile I moved to Australia in the 70's consequently stories of migration have great meaning for me. These assemblages explore the space in between cultures and the overlap of memory that can occur in the process of assimilation, the visual narrative running through the book is open to the readers own imagination and interpretation.....
The experience of being part of the Sketch Book Project means a great deal to me as I worked as a textile designer in NY in the late nineties in a studio near 37th Street and 7th Avenue. I lived in what was then a huge artist studio in 75 Roebling St ( now sub divided into several appartments!) and took the L train into work. Being part of the Brooklyn Library is a homage to that special time and to the inspiring human stories of migration that I learnt about through living in the extraordinary city of NY. I now live in Sydney Australia and lecture in textiles at the University of Technology Sydney. Currently I am a Phd candidate at RMIT in Melbourne reimagining new ways to explore narrative through materials, memory and place.
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