There are other ways of knowing…
About the piece
There are other ways of knowing... is a visual exploration of the shape shifting practices of a shaman using their totemic form to explore and gain knowledge from the non-material world; in this case the Raven totem. The ensemble includes an interpretation of a ceremonial dress and coat and a totemic body mask. The body mask is the 'magical' component of the dress, acting as the gateway for the shaman to move beyond the physical realm.
The underdress is knitted from handmade paper string. The coat is woven in one piece using paper strips from vintage Japanese books. The body mask 'cloaks' the garment and consists of a paper base embellished with hand cut and hand stitched paper feathers. (Edited from Design Concept submitted for entry)
Materials: vintage Japanese books, cotton linters paper, kozo paper, handmade paper string, thread shiseko thread, dye and ink.