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Re-Born In Insect Form Exhibition - March 2012

 

One of Us Studios - Soho

 

A personal collaborative exhibition with illustrator Alexis Goodwin celebrating themes of new life and rebirth through insect forms.

 

Alexis’s strange and sinister illustrations were shown alongside my carnival-like costumes in a show room in Soho.

The launch night saw Alexis Goodwin performing live drawing on snap shots of the crowd that attended the show, metamorphosing them into insect like creatures, while a series of films showcasing my costumes were projected to classical and electronic music.

 

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I collaborated with film maker Gabi Norland to create this video of three dancers performing in the kinetic butterfly costumes I created. It was filmed at the Baribican (London) in which I wanted to capture the spirit of Carnival in an urban environment.  This was projected at the exhibition.

I also added animation at the end:

Here are extracts from my sketch book in which I documented how I made the butterfly tail coats kinetic and could also fold them back on themselves but still be light and strong. I also experimented with hand stencilling on the silk to make the bold butterfly pattern.