Creating beauty from stigma.

Similarities between humans and animals (e.g. body hair, bleeding, sex, etc) are considered creaturely, and are usually viewed as disgusting. Judy Goldenberg’s research suggests that women are the more creaturely sex, and therefore the most stigmatized, due to menstrual bleeding and their ability to facilitate childbirth and breast feeding. The collection focuses on the womanly form. Introducing cochineal into the textiles as a form of blood and life, pockets as a metaphor of vulval shape, and silk to allude to flesh and hair.