Unlearning the Body from the Garment is about unlearning the relationship between the prescribed parts of a garment pattern and their designated body parts. How did an armhole become an armhole? Why does an arm have to go through a sleeve? Where did these relationships come from? How were these relationships created? Why does a garment have the parts that it has? This unlearning is done by working to look at a flat garment pattern as an abstract shape and disregard notions of how it is worn or how it will interact with the human form. The garment pattern is now a flat shape that can create three dimensional forms, but the parts are no longer regarded. Armholes. Neckholes. Fronts. Backs. Busts. Waists. These no longer hold any meaning. The garment pattern is a form for possibility. What is now created can be worn on any body, in any way.

           Seed                             Map                        Blend                        Subvert                        Reflect


Sasha de Koninck is an artist and researcher from Santa Monica, CA. She decided to leave the west coast and all of its wonderful weather to explore the city of Baltimore and the greater east coast to complete her undergraduate education at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She graduated in 2013 with a B.F.A. in fibers, a minor in creative writing and a concentration in sound art. The next leg of her journey led her to the Windy City, where she graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies. She is currently a PhD student in Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she works with Laura Devendorf.

Things to -un-

Unlearning|Unmaking|Unforgetting| Unpracticing|Unembodying|

Process of discovery
Unlearning with hands
Unlearning the hand

Things that are ingrained
Things that are inherent
Things that are heir apparent

Playing with language
Playing with shape
Changing forms

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