judi gaston

Knoxville, TN

The adage, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without" was my parents credo. Before it was in vogue, my father resoled his shoes with used tires, presents were wrapped in newspaper, all buttons were removed from the garments we grew out of and were reused on the following years clothing. As a child I sometimes found this frugality embarrassing. I now find our waste embarrassing. Today the world confronts the reality of environmental degradation. My art reflects my own concern for the environment.

My art reflects my travels and exhibits a patchwork of influences from various cultures. My designs take two forms - a studio line and a recycled line of clothing. Both tactile and visual surfaces are rich in this process. The studio line is handwoven in cotton, rayon and silk, embellished with used buttons and fabrics. The recycled wearables are manipulated and transformed from such humble beginnings as bags, phone books, newspaper sleeves, grasses, packing materials, etc. and embellished with found objects. The series depicted here is titled, "Recycle: the Tennessee River Rescue," inspired be found objects while working with the river clean up. I enjoy making wearables using materials that have a history of having previous lives and are not transformed to the present.