Paisley kimono with gold net stones
This garment by Raewyn Alexander and her daughter Geneva comforts the user, providing a means of shelter from harsh intolerable difficulties. Cloaks hold an ancient communication, conveying status and creed through colour, pattern and materials. Optimistic tones wrap the user in a positive glow, a shower of busy paisley forming a facade reminiscent of vines and trees. This is upbeat armour, intended to diffuse adversity by hiding in plain sight and cosiness. Gold netted clay ceramic stones are a talisman to protect the wearer, doubling as an elegant weapon in both the physical and spiritual realms. This garment is their interpretation of June Black's 'Costume in which to flee from intolerable difficulties into the security of illusion'.