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ARTICLES OF CLOTHING IS A PROJECT THAT OPERATES ACROSS WOMENSWEAR, UNISEX WEAR, ACCESSORIES, HOMEWARES, WORKWEAR AND COLLABORATIONS.
IN THE EARLY DAYS, IT EVOLVED OUT OF AN ART PROJECT BY ANNIE WU FROM THE TASK OF RECOLLECTING, DOCUMENTING AND CATALOGUING ALL THE CLOTHING COMMISSIONS AND PROJECTS MADE BETWEEN THE YEARS OF 2003 — 2013. THE RESULTS OF THIS CATALOGUING PROCESS WAS EXHIBITED AND BECAME A PLATFORM FOR THE POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF A GARMENT ARCHIVE. KEEPING THE NAME ARTICLES OF CLOTHING AS THE PROJECT TITLE, MORE CLOTHING PIECES AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS MANIFESTED, EACH OF WHICH WERE DESIGNED, NUMBERED AND ADDED TO THE ARCHIVE.
OVER THE YEARS, THE ARCHIVE HAS GROWN TO OVER 160 PIECES OF CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES. EACH PIECE IS NUMBERED IN THE SEQUENTIAL ORDER THEY ARE DESIGNED AND THAT NUMBER BECOMES THE PRIMARY IDENTIFIER OF THE PIECE. THE ARCHIVE IS ACTIVATED DURING COLLECTION PREPARATION PERIODS WHEN CERTAIN PIECES FROM THE ARCHIVE AS WELL AS NEW PIECES ARE SELECTED AND MADE AVAILABLE AGAIN IN DIFFERENT COLOURS, FABRIC SELECTIONS, OR MINOR ADJUSTMENTS EACH LIMITED-EDITION PRODUCTION CYCLE.
USING THIS DESIGN PROCESS, WE CAN LEARN TO GIVE NEW LIFE TO EXISTING DESIGNS AND IDEAS IN A CYCLICAL MANNER AND PLACE MORE EMPHASIS ON CONTINUAL APPRECIATION OF CLOTHING OWNERSHIP, TIMELESS FUNCTIONALITY, AND BEING RESOURCEFUL IN THOUGHTFUL AND IMAGINATIVE WAYS.
FROM TIME TO TIME, AOC WILL ENGAGE WITH OTHER MODES OF WORKING SUCH AS COMMISSIONS, COLLABORATIONS, EXHIBITION PIECES OR GUEST DESIGN PIECES, THE RESULTS OF WHICH ALL ENTER THE ARCHIVE AND ARE ALL ALSO NUMBERED, YOU CAN FIND THESE PIECES BY CLICKING ON THE NUMBERS IN ARCHIVE LINK WITH A GREY DOT.
WE ARE DEDICATED TO HIGH QUALITY FINISHES AND ARTISANAL MANUFACTURING OF ALL OUR GARMENTS AND ACCESSORIES. EACH PIECE IS CAREFULLY PRODUCED IN VERY SMALL QUANTITIES EITHER IN-HOUSE OR BY MAKERS IN MELBOURNE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO OUR STUDIO.
ONLY PIECES LISTED ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE, WE WELCOME ENQUIRIES REGARDING OTHER PIECES FROM THE ARCHIVE, WE ALSO WELCOME STUDIO VISITS FOR TRYING ON ITEMS OR PICK UP OF ITEMS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, LOCATION BRUNSWICK.
RETURN OR EXCHANGE IS POSSIBLE WITHIN 7 DAYS OF RECEIVING YOUR ITEM, IF NOT WORN AND NOT DAMAGED. IF UNSURE ABOUT SIZING, PLEASE EMAIL FOR ADVICE OR MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO TRY ON THE ITEM PRIOR TO PURCHASE.
TO ENSURE LONGEVITY OF GARMENTS, REPAIRES ON ITEMS ARE FREE, PLEASE EMAIL US.
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Talking Through Our Bodies ONCE MADE SOCK-SOCKS LILAC, BLACK
Once Made Sock-Socks Lilac, Black
Bamboo Viscose / Elastane
Made in Finland
These socks are from the collection “I Once Made A Performance”, a series of both machine and hand-knitted garment sculptures. The pieces are based on compositions created through improvised performances with dancer Laura Jantuen and some found knit garments. Two or more of the garments came together as one, in a free flow of interaction with the body. A small selection of these is translated as new pieces, soft and pliable in their materiality but with a frozen, dynamic moment embedded in their structures.
Talking Through Our Bodies is a knitwear label established in 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. The name derives from the design process used, where a physical dialogue between designer, garment and subject shapes design outcomes. In a broader sense, the name refers to the notion of clothing, when worn, being a facilitator of communication between bodies.