Image: Kasuri, Braided and hand stitched Material in original rug: T-shirts Material re-produced rugs: excess from t-shirt industry in India. Image above: 'Pepita' Work in Progress © Studio Brieditis & Evans.
Since their initial collaboration in 2001, Studio Brieditis & Evans have continued to push design boundaries by uniquely transforming textile waste - utilising the limited colour palettes and structural makeup of their sourced materials with remarkable outcomes.
Image: Braiding rags © Studio Brieditis & Evans.
The idea of durability is key to Brieditis and Evans whose mastery of craft demonstrates how common material can gain increased artistic value through fine craftsmanship.
This is evident in their largest experimental project to date, Re Rag Rug (2012 – 2017). Over a period of 12 months, the duo challenged themselves to make 12 rugs using 12 different techniques without a loom and using only donated materials.
This project has been exhibited at museums in Sweden, at the Hong Kong Design Institute, Ventura Lambrate in Milan, and the Institut Suédois in Paris.
Image: Jothi braiding rags for ‘Kasuri’, India © Studio Brieditis & Evans.
Off-Piste, a rug made entirely of discarded t-shirts was recently acquired by the French National Collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France.
Both Brieditis and Evans have extensive experience in the textile and design industries, having collaborated with major international companies including Linum, IKEA and Rörstrand. Using their combined industry experience with free and experimental artistic practice to incorporate textile waste products into new expressions. Their most recent project The Tie Factory – an industrial fantasy (2020) was displayed at The Hallwyl Museum during Craft Week 2021.
Image: Katarina Evans in studio with ‘Spice’ © Studio Brieditis & Evans.
Their exhibition ON-GOING at the Australian Tapestry Workshop is a survey of their collaboration to date, exploring their curiosity for textile techniques, materials and recycling post-production and post-consumer waste.
Image: Detail of Kasuri (Coffee), Braided and hand stitched Material in original rug: T-shirts Material re-produced rugs: excess from t-shirt industry in India.
Brieditis and Evans ask the question - ‘how does the choice of material and the material properties effect the technique and final outcome?’
ON-GOING is on show at Australian Tapestry Workshop until 27 October 2023.
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