From the archive: a selection of digital images made following a trip to China, merging antique textile finds with other moments and memories from my journey. Blurring boundaries between time and place.
Image above: ‘Because’
Boy in Summer Palace Beijing, wearing stitched applique tee shirt. Embroidered section of a Tujia woman’s garment from Guizhou Province, Qing Dynasty, early 20th Century. Shanghai Museum Costume Collection.
Communicative and mysterious English language texts seen on teeshirts – a mass fashion phenomenon. One written in 1812 by Ludwig Von Beethoven in Teplitz; worn, read and photographed on The Bund, Shanghai, more than two hundred years later. Buddhist symbols on Qing dynasty woven textile from Shanghai Museum.
Image: ‘Skating the Square’
Young skater seen in a public square in Beijing; Qing Dynasty woven textile with buddhist symbols, from jacket made up of square panels. Shanghai Museum Costume Collection.
Photo taken of motorway, from train to Hangzhou. Qing Dynasty woven textile.