In Gathering Dust, textile-based artist Elise Cakebread assembles a new body of work from the rescued detritus of domestic waste. Cakebread takes discarded garments, yarn, wire, fibres, ribbon, packaging materials, cushion stuffing, doilies, tablecloths, and reimagines them to create complex entanglements of colour and texture, emphasising the rich history of the material and its potential for future transformation. By harnessing the most abject of material categories – waste - and elevating it into aesthetic tableaux worth keeping, Elise Cakebread’s Gathering Dust casts a reconsideration of the value systems we live by, challenging our concept of waste and the industries that profit from producing it.
Image: Elise Cakebread, from Gathering Dust, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist. > Opening of Design Fringe 2023. Photograph: J Forsyth.
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