Nika Feldman: Who's Afraid of the Rag Trade

The work, Who’s Afraid of the Rag Trade is an investigation into creating unique fabric structures through dye & print by using recycled clothes.  The installation consisted of three such yardages each measuring 3 meters in length.  The yardage featured in the above photos was inspired by Morning Glory flowers, the other two yardages were interpretations of Poppies and Tiger Lilies  Each yardage was constructed of four layers, each layer was first constructed of small rectangular pieces cut from the second-hand garments.  Each layer was individually dyed and silkscreen printed with devoré which was designed to reveal underneath layers of varying colors through the burned away and hand-cut holes.

This work was created with the support of the Vermont Arts Council and exhibitted at the Hooker Dunham Gallery, Brattleboro, VT 2004.