Cosmos cape

A poncho style cape made from discarded fabrics. I used a reverse applique to expose various layers, and the pockets (which you can’t see on this photo well) were individual designs.

It had a starry sky effect on the one side, with the orange showing through the holes in the black fabric. My idea was for the pockets and designs to be worn on the inside – an inner layer – so I was a bit alarmed when it was displayed in such an exposed manner!

Atlantic College (1994)

Reverse applique

An applique technique where the fabric is layered and the top fabric is cut away and stitched in place to reveal the design. Traditionally done by hand but so far mine’s all been done by machine. Why do I love it so much? I think it has to do with the magic of cutting things away to reveal what’s beneath… there’s just something about it.