NCAD Graduate Showcase June 2016


A journey documented exhibition (sea salt coat etc.)

For my degree show I wanted to create an installation that could sit alongside my clothes collection which would also reflect my three year journey through NCAD. This work explores the subject of time passing, memory and emotions using mixed media to create a textile  diary.

This salt-crystal encrusted coat symbolises the passing of time. The hand-embroidered Plimsoll line[1] marks the depth of immersion in the seawater and the salt crystals that are left on the fabric after the water has evaporated act as evidence of time passing. The linear display of test-tubes containing personal notes and artifacts I have gathered and created over my time at NCAD. They also reveal my need for order and structure while the multiple collection of discarded test tubes at the bottom of the window to the right represents my inner chaos and anxiety. The window also displays my visual diary of selfies which was my way of marking time.


[1] The Plimsoll line is a reference mark located on a ship's hull that indicates the maximum depth to which the vessel may be safely immersed when loaded with cargo. This depth varies with a ship's dimensions, type of cargo, time of year, and the water densities encountered in port and at sea.