IFFTI Project 2013 – Making the heart of garment | RMIT University

IFFTI Project 2013 – Making the heart of garment | RMIT University


Student, Kathryn Jamieson: it’s an IFTTI project that Tina approached me Teacher, Tina Marino: Kathryn said yes pick me, pick me, so I did pick her Kathryn Jamieson: and i just thought it sounded absolutely fantastic, so I wanted to do it because I liked the idea of it being really international Tina Marino: and I knew I would work well cos she’s a very imaginative young woman and I thought it would be great to work on an international project, collaborative project Kathryn Jamieson: It was going to be this garment swapping project, between Melbourne Amsterdam London, and LA that it would be a student that then worked with a mentor, and you had to look at an old handicraft and explore that and when I read the brief for the first time what I absolutely loved was that they wanted to create the hart of a garment and have the idea of a garment growing which I just thought was completely beautiful and really loved that idea Tina Marino: it was quite a very open brief, so I think it allowed the students to really, just, explore She looked at an Australian icon, who is Ned Kelly. Kathryn Jamieson: My idea of iconic was looking at, I wanted to do something Australian and I thought Ned Kelly was a great place to start, because it’s very, I just loved where he came from. Tina Marino: The students needed to research a traditional technique or an artisan technique Kathryn Jamieson: I had a small amount of time where I had to research a, a quick, a handcraft to learn cos that just wasn’t my area of expertise at all Tina Marino: Artisan technique, is a lot of hart, I think Kathryn took it quite
seriously and that’s why she looked at the macrame and its using your hands which is something that we’re unfortunately loosing in the fashion industry, everything’s so mass produced. Kathryn Jamieson: And I just thought the macrame seemed very Australian I only really had a week to do it, so I just sticky taped, I had this and I just sticky taped it to the table and just started knotting, and made a beginning part with the knot and then i stuck it on an arm and just carried it out and join it all together and just stuck the bolts on Tina Marino: So, the idea was that each student with going to put, make their hart, and then of their garment, and pass it on
to the other. So each student in their particular countries, in their particular time Zones, in their particular worlds have created their hart. Kathryn Jamieson: I had no idea want anyone else would do The garment would arrive, and it would be ineradicably exciting and I would open it up. Tina Marino: When ever we would open a parcel and she started to freak out I’d just say, take a breath. Kathryn Jamieson: First I’d get a bit overwhelmed and I’d just sort of twenty four hour, oh my god, what am I gona do? Tina Marino: And then she would just look at it and I think maybe just sleep
on it then come back to it. My roll as a mentor was just as a
support person to the student it was basically up to them to do the work. Kathryn Jamieson: It was about, kind of, global communication So being able to skype and e-mail to find out information. The Pin interest is really, yep was a really great way for us to communicate Tina Marino: As a collaborative thing, it was very exciting because were not just talking about someone in the next room were talking about somebody in another world, in another country, and within a whole new
time zone! Kathryn Jamieson: The garments were always going in a particular way. I kind of thought, there could have been a way that they went around slightly different. Tina Marino: So it’s almost like a sewing circle but around the world which is quite fantastic

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