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Mnemonic Textiles

September 24, 2016 - October 3, 2016

Mnemonic Textiles Emma Peters

Mnemonic textiles are those we associate with our recollections of significant personal experiences. Such textiles become tangible representations of self, which we are compelled to keep, cherish and pass down to future generations. They have emotional durability – a theory proposed by Jonathan Chapman and employed to frame this body of work. Our potent connection with mnemonic textiles offers an approach to sustainable design in the face of disposable products so pervasive in contemporary western society.

Emma Peters references the tradition of patch-worked heirloom quilts and wagga’s to present a collection of experimental textiles that examines memory as a driving conceptual force. The Mnemonic Textiles exhibition presents work that captures memory and sustains life-long attachment.

The Topography of Memory series combines natural dye, digital print, stitching and felting techniques to suggest disconcertingly distorted childhood memories that remain fundamental influences upon identity. These pieces are shown alongside The Memento Project, realized as a series of small hand-stitched textile fragments. This work represents the narratives of thirteen anonymous participants and their longing for now lost or missing possessions.

Mnemonic Textiles is Peters’ first solo show and presents work completed for her Masters of Design (Hons) at Art & Design, UNSW.

Opening hours:
12-5pm everyday

Instagram: @emma_peters_textiles


September 24, 2016
October 3, 2016


13 Gurner Street
Paddington, NSW 2021 Australia
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