Tseng Yen-yu and the Senior Academy at Shipai Elementary School
Urban Doll Series: Aunties and Uncles of Beitou
Reclaimed fabric and thread from old clothing
Dimensions specific to venue
In her creative process, Tseng Yen-yu deconstructs and reassembles textiles from daily life through observation and experimentation. From the history of materials, obsolete old clothing, discarded towels, remnant scraps, etc., echo the trends in an era of globalization and industrialization. Mass produced clothing and accessories create economic ties between producer nations and consumer nations, and different connotations are created by the individual experiences and memories of the wearer. The transformation of the rag dolls reveals collective and individual stories. The emotional atmosphere of the objects hints at the interrelationship between human society and the natural environment. In this collaboration with the Senior Academy at Shipai Elementary School, participants are invited to take a piece of clothing they no longer wear but are reluctant to discard, to be used as a unique piece of material, and to write the story of the piece of clothing. In the course of the workshop participants are guided to create unique dolls that combine life history and memories, using the artist’s technique of ragdoll-making that combines weaving with sculpting.