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shimmers
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2006 06:42:13 PM »

 ooooooooo i love ur germ! i no a few friends who would go crazy for that!
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snaggletooth
« Reply #11 on: January 01, 2006 10:23:04 PM »

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Make you a germy quilt to cover with whenever you get sick!

LadyCregga that is such a great idea and totally cracks me up!  Something I will definitely be considering.

MissMeshell can you tell any more about your virus/textile work?  It sounds like a very interesting topic.
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MissMeshell
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2006 12:46:42 AM »

Okay well I get kinda mixed up when I try to explain in lol, even I don't know what I mean half the time so i'll try to keep it short and simple! Wink

I'm really into nostalgia right, and also traditional textile practices as well as traditional textiles related to the home (like old time upholstery and stuff) so I've got to the point that in my work I look at traditional textiles and things as kind of a stand in that talks about nostalgia, or they kind of symbolise nostalgia and that longing to get back to 'simple times' (making sense?...hopefully Tongue) or the homes of the past.

So, then i got to thinking about nostalgia being like a 'virus' that can consume a person, like if you look back to your past your future kind of runs away without you...unless it's just me that has this problem lol.

So what I do is I take things like medical equiptment and science stuff (like test tubes, petri dishes etc.) and I combine them with these old style textiles and processes like embroidery and stuff, to create 'virusey' looking works or installations that when you get up close to, are actually made from textiles. (Like if your germ was a bit of my work I'd probably somehow get it into a solution in a petri dish so it's like 'oh, thats a germ' but when you get up close it's an embroidered germ). I also experiment with growing mould and bacteria into vintage patterns and things like that too...

So I am so sorry if this makes no sense, but maybe you can kind of see why I love your germ Grin hehe
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snaggletooth
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2006 10:57:12 PM »

MissMeshell your explanation makes perfect sense, that is such an interesting idea and execution, I completely understand what you mean about the nostalgia as a virus although I it had never occurred to me before.  I love the idea of the "scientific study" of nostalgia, and plus who doesn't love shopping for scientific supplies.  All those tiny jars and tubes?  I am guessing you are in art school?

I know how odd it can be to be asked to explain your work, seems like in undergrad we would have to do it every week, and every week I had a different answer, so thanks so much for posting that here.
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MissMeshell
« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2006 11:11:08 PM »

aw, no worries Wink
Oh yeah the science equipment buying is VERY fun, i'm like a little kid at Xmas, I order bulk off the internet and gigantic boxes get delivered to my house full of lab supplies! Then I remember I am not a doctor or scientist but just a strange girl playing with textiles and lab epuipment Tongue
and yeah i'm doing a bachelor of arts, my proplem with explaining my work is that I usually need a hundred million words to do it, so I'm very proud that I kept it to a minimum here for once! lol
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