In 2002 I was commissioned by Ilse Crawford and Tord Boontje to create a set of ten shirts for a boudoir – a room of one’s own - for the modern woman, as part of the British Council’s Hometime exhibition. The shirts were used to create a fabric wall for the room. I created a collection of shirts which were re-cut and then over-printed using old underwear - at the time second hand shops still stocked such items. The collection was zero waste as all off-cuts from the shirts were reused in the reshaping process.
“Responding to the current boom in home-ownership and home decoration among young, professional, urban Chinese, ‘Hometime’ was a major exhibition for China about domestic interior design which toured China as part of Britain’s commercial and cultural campaign, ‘Think UK’, during 2003. The subject of the home, the private space, has considerable public appeal at a time when global communications and technology threaten to eradicate difference in the forms and surfaces of the world: how can architects, designers and policy-makers continue to give people homes and products with personal significance?”