~ PhD work-in-progress ~

Naomi Bailey-Cooper

Industry focus group in the Clothworkers Centre, V&A

I held a private fur and exotics industry focus group at the Clothworkers Centre, V&A, discussing the appeal of exotic animal materials. Participants and results are currently confidential photograph by Sylvia Shu

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Hand weaving Part.4

Manipulating a weaving sample made from peace silk yarn on an organic cotton base. Cutting the floats of peace silk and hand sewing them into ‘feathers’

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Hand weaving Part.3

More weaving trials, this on using glass yarn on an organic cotton base

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Hand weaving Part.2

More weaving trials, this time horsehair and cotton yarn on an organic cotton base (later discovered horse hair is usually not obtained ethically)

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Hand weaving Part.1

Weaving collaboration with a mill based in Bulgaria, trialling peace silk ‘fur’. Peace silk yarn on organic cotton base

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Beading Part.3

‘Beading’, but with fabric. Again using peace silk organza (peace silk is where the silk worms are able to break out of the silk cocoon naturally without being gassed)

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Beading Part.2

Plastic beads on silk hemp, again trying to replicate reptiles; this time aligator. Note the restraints of working with existing beads on the market that may not look like scales

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Beading Part.1

Using enamel beads on peace silk organza, trying to replicate a snakeskin effect with scales

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Laser Cutting Part.1

One of the first samples trialing the laser cutter at Lime Grove, sample was then gathered to create a ‘fur’ look

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