ARTIST Tricia Crivellaro
Soft Textile Injury is an experimental fashion accessory that explores the deconstruction and reconstruction of the artist’s femininity through upcycling. The making-process of the harness-like object comments on and juxtaposes the experiences of pain and comfort with its embodied restrictive design and smooth, layered upcycled material which is reminiscent of an arm cast. Designed around the artist’s shoulder, the garment-object alters diverse fashion- related concepts such as shoulder pads, the raglan sleeve technique, and armor — that inferentially references menswear and, so, masculine dynamics of power. The garment-object reveals skin when worn like a fashion accessory, but could also be worn under another garment thereby functioning in a concealed and instrumental manner. Furthermore, this assemblage of process work photographs emphasizes the fashion development process as a means of reconceptualizing one’s body both physically and socially and puts forward the transformative potential of fashion design.
Tricia is an artist/designer originally from Montreal whose practice-based research explores the connections between fashion and art. By questioning the notions of gender and sustainability through an intuitive approach, she seeks to engage in meaningful dialogue with issues at the forefront of the fashion industry. Currently, Tricia is completing her graduate study at Ryerson’s School of Fashion and her MA collection will be presented in Summer 2021.