This project is a work in progress and has brought up a number of ethical questions. Inspired by a trip to Nepal and Tibet, Laura was inspired by the beautiful, traditional ways that rural people wrapped their clothes.
Seeing similarities between the ways that people living in traditional rural cultures dressed, from Nepal to Wales to South America, Laura attempted to investigate a uniting of these traditional styles of dressing. This project has a huge capacity to be expanded further, and there are many ethical questions to consider while undertaking this project. Examples of this are how to take into consideration the danger that each cultures unique identity could be lost through a uniting of them, there is also a risk that cultures may not be represented correctly. By consulting and working with people from the cultures in question, Laura would hope to sensitively investigate the traditions of rural cultures.
Inspired by the abstract folding techniques pioneered by Simon Hantai, Laura using draping as a form of expressing the similarities she saw between styles of dressing in rural cultures. Through draping fabric, then painting the folds of the fabric, thus abstractly documenting the shapes she created, the results culminated in simple canvasses.