Text and images by Naomi Bailey-Cooper, PhD Practice-based Research Student at London College of Fashion
Naomi Bailey-Cooper is a PhD Practice-based Research Student at London College of Fashion has been selected for the 2017 Art for the Environemnt International (AER) residency with LABVERDE in the Amazon Rain Forest in Brazil happening in July 2017. Naaomi reports back to the Postgraduate Community at UAL here:
LABVERDE is an art immersion programme in the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil, for artists and creators to reflect on nature and landscape and explore the connection between science, art and the natural environment.
My residency there started on the 20th July and would last 10 days, starting on a boat on the Rio Negro branch of the Amazon river and continuing in the Adolpho Ducke Reserve, just outside Manaus. There would be no internet or phone signal for the duration of the residency, the point being to switch off and respond to your surroundings. The participants on the programme were mostly artists, with work spanning across film, photography, painting, drawing, interaction and performance. I came with my current PhD research, which is exploring how the design of embellishment can offer an alternative to the decorative notion of exotic animal materials; in short, I am trying to develop alternatives to materials such as fur, feathers and reptile skins with embellishment as the focus.