9 June – 2 July
When April Erzetich’s grandmother died, she was at a loss as to what to do with the closet full of clothes left behind.
“I didn’t want to throw or give them away, because they still smelled like her,” said April. “But I couldn’t bring myself to wear them either.”
It was then April, a weaver, jeweller and performer with a fine arts background, hit upon the idea of giving her grandmother’s clothes a second life through functional art. She lovingly cut the clothes into long strands before weaving them together on her Leclerc floor loom, to create rugs and wall hangings.
“I have one of the rugs on the floor in my studio, so I feel close to her every time I am in there, making new work.”
April is opening up this concept for Platform Gallery’s second exhibition, Community Cloth; inviting members of the community to contribute items to the new woven works that April will create during the exhibition.
Setting up her loom and working in the gallery throughout the exhibition, April is inviting members of the community to contribute items that they feel represent them, which she will then interweave with other people’s pieces to create combined representations of the community.
“Clothing is one of the biggest items going into landfill, and the production of ‘fast fashion’ is having serious environmental impacts, not to mention being terrible for the workers who manufacture these clothes,” said April.
“We only want clothes that are in disrepair – if they are good enough to be donated to charity, you should do that instead,” said April. “Also items like wire, leather strips, bits left over from sewing projects, these will all work too. Basically anything that you want to represent you in the cloth.”
“Community Cloth will not only continue the tribute to my grandmother, but it will offer a small contribution to the environmental disaster of fast fashion. And, of course, produce beautiful new work that people can put on their floors and walls.”
You can watch April work and chat to her about her process at Platform throughout the exhibition. You can also drop off your items to Platform any time until the end of June.