I have been working like mad on a few sets of armour. One is ceramic and consists of a scale mail jerkin and a sword that says " Self Care" in Norse runes on the blade. Each scale has a design of a body part on it (nose, stomach, eye, heart, brain, ear, and hand) to represent mental illness as being a physical,tangible illness that effects many parts of the body besides the brain. The scales are currently being sewn onto a thick cotton twill shirt that is sized to fit me. I hope to be able to finish my ceramic sword in time which still needs to be glaze fired. The critique for this piece is on Wednesday 11th and the show opening is on Thursday 19th at 5:30 which you are all invited to attend!
I have also been working on a fabric suit of armour which I critiqued this past Wednesday. The piece is about feminism and the critique about sexism in the middle ages and its connection to contemporary society. It is also a reclamation of the suit of armour as a gender neutral outfit and symbol. It took a lot of work and I am so proud of where I am with it right now! I still need to make a helmet, sword and shield before I can take on-site photos around Calgary.
I am pleased with the direction my work is taking and I am excited for everything that has been rolling around in my head on the topics of costume, feminism, knighthood, mental illness and childhood. Look out for some more cool stuff coming up!