Armour of Provenance - The warrior behind his shield, the crab within his shell and the arctic peoples in their fur Parkas; Armour of Provenance explores the protection and defence of life. The collection of work and the materials used aim to highlight the resourcefulness of constructing one’s own armour in moments where survival is imperative. I identify the superiority asserted by man where animal skins, furs and organs are used to their advantage. Armour of Provenance pays homage to such sacrifices as imperative in the fabric of survival. It observes the construction of organic and manmade armour where intricate components unite in force. Through marrying solid, raw materials with soft and supple knit I have developed rhythmical and articulated fabrics which cascade the human form lavishly. The affluence of the pieces themselves portray an impenetrable persona, however, this is challenged by the provenance and narrative of the organic materials sacrificed to adorn the human.
Model: Indiana Lawrence Photography: T'Shan Warner Noel and Shanice Noble