As a part of the ‘Embodied Interaction Textile Design’ conference held in Vilnius Art Academy, six of us took part in the workshop ‘Second hand, Second View, Second Step’ lead by the artist and professor Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė. The aim of the workshop was to explore different viewpoints that combine the local context reality with the textile design practice focusing on how to give used clothing a second life and therefore a second context and a second meaning.

We started our workshop by walking through the local neighbourhoods of Vilnius. Our focus was observing the mix and contrast of the old and the new. The walls in the neighbourhoods we focused on were painted with  impressive graffiti. Inside courtyards were quite traditional yet outside was new with coffee places, bars, Art galleries in transition….we had a chance to get an inside view of certain artists studios, galleries, and social space. We spoke with the curators and members of these galleries.

Key to the station neighbourhood was the ubiquitous second-hand shop and the bars/galleries  that used to be second-hand shops. Often the name was retained or crossed out intentionally.  Entering in the second hand shops was an extreme contrasts to the outside, especially the distinctive smells that were varying from one shop to the another. The first shop we entered had some vintage pieces and jackets for womenswear, and it put us back in time and space with the smells of smoke and where all these garments would have been open up our imaginations! The clothing in these shops told the story of the people in the neighbourhood through the embodied lens of what they previously wore.

After reflecting on these interesting impressions, we decided to buy the clothing from the second-hand shops. Our second view or perspective to the clothing went on from the entire afternoon through the late evening. We detached the panels from sleeves of each garment. Then we started re-attaching each of these panels in a random way. The common thread /”des rote Faden” in all these new Bodies was the eclectic mix of colours that somehow was inspired from the graffiti on the walls of the neighbourhood.

This lead to the Second step! The result was a collective embodied textile graffiti. Dynamic Transient Social graffiti.  In documenting the results we not only looked at the individual from individuals perspective, but also from a neighbourhood architectural view to express the inter-relational social view.

Participants: Troy Nachtigall (TU/e), Juste Peciulyte (VAA),  Jyoti Kapur (HB), Ramyah Gowrishankar (UDK),  Ana Pineyro (RCA), Marina Castan (RCA)

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Posted by:Marina Castán

Designer and researcher