Garden Series. Green Burial Robe Halfscale Prototype
My scholarship with natural dyes is merging with textile and apparel design for green burials. I was introduced to green burial garments while participating in the Halfscale Forum for Creative Patternmaking initiated through Cornell University. Thus, this green burial design addressed the Halfscale theme Inversion, of viewing the body and patternmaking from atypical points of departure. I elected to design from the back, supine position wrapping the fabric around the body and limbs using gathers on slits, ties, lacings, and casings to secure the shape using seams minimally. The fabrics were dyed and printed with local garden plants through solar bundling and plant pounding.