EXPO ‘Charlotte Daffern : The Acid Housewife Collection’ -Luke & Eloy Gallery, Pittsburgh (USA) – 18 sept-30 oct 2010
Charlotte Daffern is a hybrid crafts practitioner based in Birmingham, UK. Since completing her jewellery and silversmithing MA at Birmingham’s School of Jewellery, she has continued to develop jewellery and costume under her own label. Recycled fabrics and findings are used wherever possible to create stuffed components for her designs. Pearls and ready-made objects are also re-used to create eccentric, wearable pieces.
Charlotte begins her design process by identifying visual symbols that can be transferred into cloth. These are deconstructed, repeated, multiplied and explored through scale and positioning on the body.
Her creations aim to invoke nostalgia of the childhood dressing up box. She hopes that when people wear her pieces their childlike sense of fun and freedom is renewed.
« My work is a multi-faceted and ambiguous realisation of my perception of culture and personal experiences.
The result is a range of creative objects that relate to questions of gender, fashion, sociology, culture and history.
I began by exploring concepts of ‘Britishness’ and its associated visual stereotypes.
My visual investigations correspond to the current nostalgia for 1950’s aesthetics, activities and traditional values.
Our current economic climate has seen the re-emergence of make do and mend through up-cycling, re-cycling and re-using.
Domestic crafts such as knitting, baking and burlesque dancing have made reappearance and are considered ‘trendy’.
Additional themes come from feminist debates in response to this resurgence and relate to issues surrounding the pursuit
of feminine fulfilment, gender role representation and experimentation.
I begin by identifying visual symbols that can be transferred into cloth to create figurative representations of the initial ideas.
The visual symbols are deconstructed, repeated, multiplied and explored through scale and positioning. Each element is intended to be a prototypical simulacrum and de-centred to cross reference contexts and explore the concepts.
I aim to present my understanding of the complexities of these ideas juxtaposed with preconceived stereotypes in an original creative format. » (Charlotte Daffern)