Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Lotus Flower New Moon - Spider Silk Knickers

STRUMPET & PINK has collaborated with Bolt Threads on a re-working of "Willow", one of the brands most distinctive and widely disseminated pair of knickers. "Willow's Web" has been crocheted out of Bolt Thread's Microsilkyarn, which has been developed to replicate spider silk's "remarkable properties including high tensile strength, elasticity, durability, and softness". The Mircosilkyarn has been bioengineered and can be "produced with less environmental impact that traditional textile manufacturing, with the potential to biodegrade at the end of its useful life".

"Willow's Web" can be viewed at RISD Museum's exhibition "The Art and Design of Spider Silk" September 27, 2019 - April 19, 2020.

"Willow's Web" by STRUMPET & PINK, 2019
Image courtesy of RISD Museum

"Willow's Web" by STRUMPET & PINK, 2019. Detail with seed pearl
Image courtesy of RISD Museum

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Full Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse - Stitching Alive Her Unseen Desires

For the past five days, I have been performing a stitched response to an array of 'stray' feminine garments from the RISD Museum’s Costume and Textiles Collection.

The variety of intimate garments have been 'found in the Collection' and are either too damaged, marked or simply not special enough to warrant being preserved behind glass. Yet, despite the fact that these pieces were never accessioned, neither are they of so little significance that they can be thrown away. The pieces, therefore, remain in a state of limbo, their presence and potential stifled in a box. The performance addresses this sense of invisibility and worthlessness, and through stitching these 'strays' together, the pieces are tended and framed in a new light, and the feminine 'inventory' acquires an enlivened narrative.

More details can be found here.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

11/11 Manual 11

The RISD Museum's biannual magazine Manual has been published and Issue 11 revolves around the subject of Repair.

Manual 11 - Repair
I am pleased to have participated in Double Take whereby two specialists from different fields offer their thoughts and views on the same object from the RISD Museum's collection. On this occasion, Lilian Wong, who is the Chair of Interior Architecture and the Co-founder of INT/AR Journal, and myself wrote about a pair of cotton knit stockings from the early 1900's.
From my perspective, the three raspberry-pink stripes provided an enticing opener to ponder about Kate Kittredge and her carefully darned stockings.

American or English Stockings, early 1900's. Length 54cm. Cotton knit

Saturday, 11 August 2018

New Moon Solar Eclipse

The Transformational Soviet Poncho is complete. Ready for the New Moon Solar Eclipse........

"Transformational Soviet Poncho" by Lisa Z. Morgan, 2018. 40 ins x 80 ins. Linen, cotton, 
calico, embroidery, zinc planted grommets

Friday, 27 July 2018

Full Blood Moon Eclipse Poncho

The beginning of a Transformational Soviet Poncho made out of various tests and samples from previous works. The finished piece will stitch together these sketched endeavours and will culminate in a garment that can be worn and, depending upon need, can transform into a shelter.

About Me

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Lisa Z. Morgan is an artist, designer and writer. The subject and object of desire has been a palpable constant within her artistic expression both as a motivation and in its embodiment or articulation. Through her creativity and research Morgan examines how the value of provenance, of rarity and storytelling, puts into question or provokes our understanding and relationship towards desire and the desire impulse. Her focus has been how we may access, stimulate and touch the internal points of registration or the emotional dynamics of bodily perception. In essence she attempts to define and make manifest the feeling of feeling. Her work inhabits a space where art, semiotics, design and fashion intersect. Morgan is the Co-Founder of STRUMPET & PINK and the Co-Founder of The Lavender Hinge. She is the author and creative editor of Design Behind Desire and also a contributor to SHOWstudio and The Laboratory Arts Collective.