Prick Your Finger proposes a series of projects/exhibitions, which examine 'Clothes as Architecture,' guided by the writings of Mr. Eric Gill.
We will investigate how our clothes can take us to a place where we can work fruitfully, develop spiritually, enrich our community and squeeze more out of life.
Unanswered questions from an essay by Eric Gill entitled, 'Clothes, an essay upon the nature and significance of the natural and artificial integuments worn by men and women,' guide our search for priceless clothes. Gill sketches ideas of clothes as houses, workshops, churches and town halls. He proposes the making of clothes that 'correspond with a renaissance of intellectualism....let us be happy to expend our enthusiasm upon buildings and services, upon architecture and public worship!'
This proposal quietly addresses disposable fashion by favouring the way clothes can nurture an individual's spirit. We will observe clothes being worn like a happy house, where talents flourish, and insecurities are met, or clothes which encourage a deeper focus at work, or clothes which dress us ready for enlightenment.
We are interested in the bonds you have formed with your dearest clothes. How do they support and nurture you? What type of building or institution do you become when inhibiting these integuments?