Lilia Yip’s ‘SQUIDCUT’ collection investigates her fascination with squid and synthetic biology – a new area of science that deals with the reconstruction of nature. Using the lab coat as a starting point for both artwork and pattern cutting, the garment is abstracted into various cuts as it fuses with circular squid shapes. Digital imagery has been created using microscopic photos provided by synthetic biologist Matthew Jones who researched the squid’s iridescent colour changing properties.
SQUIDCUT is the culmination of a two-year project that began with a BBC Horizon episode featuring synthetic biologist Matthew Jones’ research into squids. The conversations between Jones and Yip have evolved into a body of work that probes the ethical perceptions of this exciting area of science through a combination of fashion, photography and film.
As part of the exhibition, Yip will host a screening of TRUE COST, a recently released fashion documentary film at the ONCA Centre for Arts and Ecology. TRUE COST pulls back the curtain on the untold fashion story and asks us to consider who really pays the price for our clothing. This will be followed by a short discussion with fashion activist and designer, Isabel Roffe-Silvester, who is part of the Brighton and Hove Fair Trade Steering Group.
Since opening in November 2012, ONCA has rooted itself within Brighton’s thriving arts community, becoming an indispensable resource for vibrant discussion on ecology. Their influential patrons include Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas and land artist Chris Drury. The ONCA Centre for Arts and Ecology opened in May, expanding into new territory, reaching and engaging with more businesses, creative individuals, start ups and charities with a concern for sustainable business practice and ecology.
14 St Georges’ Place, Brighton, BN1 4GB
Exhibition runs from Friday 24 July – Sunday 2 August (closed Monday & Tuesday)
Gallery opening hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 12 – 7pm Saturday – Sunday: 11 – 6pm
TRUE COST film screening: Saturday 25 July 2pm. Free Admission. Booking is essential.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
For further enquiries: Please contact:
Alice Clayton +44 1273 607101 email@example.com
Lilia Yip + 44 7766812074 firstname.lastname@example.org