Naomi Bailey-Cooper PhD Practice-based Research Student at London College of Fashion has been selected for the AER residency with LABVERDE in the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil happening in July 2017.
Here is what Lilian Fraiji – curator and the coordinator of LABVERDE program had to say about the selection of Naomi:
“Our evaluation criteria considered all of the applications for the residency which was a wonderful heterogeneous group. The work of Naomi Bailey-Cooper is an unceasing chase for the extraordinary in nature. Aware that the notion of nature it’s a cultural concept, she explores working across disciplines in order to create innovative textiles solution to confront the Anthropocene”
Naomi’s winning residency proposal:
I am a fashion textiles designer currently studying for a PhD at the London College of Fashion. My practice-based research topic is ‘How can embellishment deliver an alternative to the decorative and seductive notion of exotic animal materials?’ The research focuses on identifying the key motivators for the application of exotic animal materials as decoration. Furthermore, I then apply that knowledge to design embellishments made from alternative more ethically, socially responsible materials and methods. The design of these embellishment samples – created from non-animal materials – undergo evaluation to determine whether it is possible to achieve similar responses to that generally elicited by the use of exotic materials as decorative embellishment.