The work mines a seam of precious material hidden between the pages of popular French domestic fashion magazines. From these publications Narielwalla plucks a streak of radical abstraction – the loose and often discarded tailoring patterns that, for efficiency’s sake, layer the life-sized templates of entire garments onto a single sheet of paper. Each section of the garment is encoded in a web of dots, lines and numbers, shattering the female form into precise overlapping facets. Now flattened, these become no longer views of a subject but the object itself. Narielwalla realizes the radical potential of these designs by cutting delicate sheets of coloured paper with the pride of a mother. The sheet of paper instructs the housewife, and the artist, to make itself, predating Futurism and prefiguring Cubism.
Materials used: Tissue paper, acetate and original floral embroidery pattern cut outs pasted on original French tailoring pattern c.1950, archival acid-free double-sided tape.
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