‘Grandma’s Jumper’ by Olivia Clemence at Designersblock 2012

September 6, 2012

Grandma's Jumper - Olivia Clemence

This project explores the life (and death) of a garment that is left behind when someone passes away. When keeping an item of clothing that belonged to a deceased loved one, it acts as an instant reminder; it can evoke memories and a sense of nostalgia.

Process - Olivia Clemence

Some people may feel an obligation to retain an item simply due to its associations, even though it may be disliked aesthetically and never worn again. By extracting the essential elements that are embedded within the garment – such as scent, colour and DNA – the original form would become obsolete.

By deconstructing the clothing and extracting its composite and essential elements, we might be able to keep the associated memories without having to retain the physical object.

The byproducts of this process would be a coloured liquid, a steam distilled scent and DNA-rich ashes. These substances could then exist as a new set of memorials, which may be distributed amongst relatives or utilised in new ways.

To view more videos of the lovely process, click here for Olivia Celemence’s website.

Olivia Clemence will be hosting a workshop “Sniffing Out the Southbank” during the LDF at Designersblock 2012.

At the Southbank there are numerous scents, from the stewed Thames water, classing with delicious freshly baked goods, with newly painted exhibition spaces with an undertone of damp, gritty concrete.

Over the course of this workshop you will help to sniff out and discover the scent of the Southbank. Using a steam distillation kit, which has been purpose made in order to distil scents from fabric, you will be sent out and around the center to explore and gather as many scents as possible.


Eventbrite - Designersblock London 2012