Embodiment VII Eos
Linda Nurk, designer and artist, is combining raw elements of nature with couture.
Their practice embraces and engineers serendipity, through researching regenerative design and circular methods, to develop her own-grown bio-textiles. With urban micro-farming, she has found a path towards a “wild” mix of biodegradable methods in body-sculpted fashion.
Wanting to break the norms of mass manufacturing, with the 'flat-spun Intarsia' method Linda has taken the approach of the gardener and facilitator in relation to her artistic work. By studying and following the lifecycle of the silkworm she enables cultivated forms of organically ornate textiles to take shape. She considers the silkworm to be her closest collaborator in a process where she nurtures them and at the same time explores ways of using integral bi-products as part of renewal and closing the loop.
This work happens at the border between organic growth and controlled production and shows futuristic potential for self-sustained biodegradable design production and material growth. Which naturally forms its own ecosystem where production and waste live in symbiosis with the wearer.
It presents a 'post-Growth mode' developing poetic and abstract imaginary where the form of human bodies, silk and vegetation develop 3-dimensional textiles, progressively transforming and creating a collective of different forms-of-existence in a new landscape of rebirth.
Cultivating wearables and using bi-products as the “nurturing” part of the whole, self-sustained piece, allows the organisms to continue their natural life-cycle, even while the garment they produced is worn and appreciated separately.
Information submitted by the maker and edited by the Future Materials Bank.
Raw silk, petals
Kees van der Graaf, for generously sharing their knowledge