Vestige

Louise Gardiner
Fashion Design

College
National College of Art & Design

Contact
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Louise Gardiner

Vestige

Vestige is a reinvention of the relic. A relic is something of significance from an earlier time; Vestige is transporting that relic into contemporary life. We all have that meaningful object that can anchor a world of memories, emotions and feelings – a remnant of the past. Through an intense process of field research where I investigated participants’ personal possessions from past relationships, I have built a bold new collection which embodies the concept of memory, naivety and protection. Taking stories from my thesis research, I developed my work by collecting unique, subjective experiences which the participants have encountered with fellow humans in their lives. I have merged my own research with that of symbolic religious relics, imagery and artefacts to visually present the entwined notions of love and memory. Through the process of pulling keywords from my research, I was able to distinguish each of my subcollections. The use of colour is important within my collection as it speaks of symbolism, time and renewal. Scale, shape and placement on the body are also key factors. Places of protection on the heart, chest and hand signify gestures of giving love, protection of love and also of mourning, sadness and loss. Traditional materials such as gold leaf and flocking have been combined with more contemporary and industrial techniques such as powder coating. Vestige aims to embody the conflicted relationships we as humans have with each other, figuring out how to love and lose each other through history, religion, ritual and hope.

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