So I have been back at Uni for about 8 weeks now and although the workload is building up this year is about finding yourself as a creative which I am fully embracing! One of my modules is entitled ” embodying the word”. My project is entitled Peck, an exploration into the issues and negative side of poultry farming. The whole point of my project is to give chickens their peck back, an instinctive mode of survival that is often stripped away from them on poultry farms. I decided to explore the issue of poultry farming, after reading how some supermarkets use fake farm names on packs of chickens and I had also read about a woman who knits jumpers for recovered battery chickens, who due to the years of torture and mistreatment they receive are left with limited feathers so are sensitive to the cold. This is not ok. Chickens are extraordinary creatures and so how is it fair that they are abused and mistreated just for human benefit?
In my sketchbook I have become a chicken expert😂 exploring the bird in terms of health, wealth and structure. To show that they are more than pieces of meat and are a creature worthy of respect. What I am focusing on through the garment I am toiling at the minute is the fact that many chickens on poultry farms are de beaked in order to stop them pecking their companions an action stimulated by the stressful conditions of the farm, thus my garment will not feature beaks at all to emphasise this point. Instead I am being inspired by the fleshy structure on top of chickens heads, combs, that indicate their health and wellness. The curves of a chickens comb create the perfect structure and base for an architectural fashion piece.
I have also been experimenting with my strengths as a designer, such as working with digital print, I produced my own photoshopped mirrored and reflected print of a chickens face of which the structure of my garment will be made up of I loved the effect and vibrancy of my print and will definitely be including prints in my future work!
The University of Lincoln also has an excellent workshop called the maker lab of which I have been down to in order to create an aluminium necklace inspired by chicken combs. Here I experiment hammered into and explored different mediums to create a necklace to go with my final garment. I am excited to show you guys the final outcome in a few weeks time!
Thankyou Phoebe X