Day in day out, we are encouraged to express our individuality by means of universally produced commodities. I felt attracted to work with denim jeans, considering it an emblematic example of such a commodity. I wanted to find out what it is about this material (essentially a simple twill-woven structure that’s been dyed blue) that makes it so versatile, full of possibilities, and attractive to nearly everyone alive right now. I selected several patches from discarded denim products from the textile industry, and I started, quite literally, unraveling them. I then connected the patches by responding to the specific material’s features and shapes. At the same time, by using manual techniques that are diametrically opposed to the ones employed in the industry, I wanted to question and “unravel” the paradoxical status of a universally reproducible commodity as being able to bring out one’s inner voice.

   ︎︎︎ Developed in the context of the Textielcommissie denim and dyeing challenge. Materials provided by Enschede Textielstad, Officina+39, and Soorty.