November 12, 2021

Is There Still a Place for Craft in Our Utilitarian, Modern Lifestyle?

Zofia Szewczyk


The organic, ritualistic, almost primordial process of making the felt and its aesthetic, decorative form is combined in this work with the practical nature of a ‘bag’. The contrast between what we carry there- symbols of 21st-century modern life and the contemplative nature of the textile create a tension of aesthetic of culture and generations and decoration and utility. When it comes to the medium itself, observing felt made me realise I am fascinated by its sensual experience; its smell, its texture, how it looks through the light. This is why after making my own felt using the traditional Mongolian wet method, I chose to manipulate the fabric being inspired by microorganisms; bacteria and viruses- elements that also are overseen and sometimes not visible with the human eye. I also experimented with different wools that create felt, incorporating cotton balls, silk, silk chiffon and lace.