Fashion Revisited ist eine seit 2015 fortlaufende Serie von Arbeiten, die erst endet, wenn 1.032 Kleideretiketten auf je einen Teebeutel genäht sind. 1032 Näher*innen starben 2013 in einer einstürzenden Fabrik, die für namhafte weltweit agierende Unternehmen Bekleidung herstellten. Um mich ansatzweise dem Thema zu nähern, habe ich mir diese Zahl zum Nähziel gesetzt und beschlossen, immer 25% des Erlöses dieser Arbeiten weiterzugeben. Gleichzeitig faszinieren mich visuell die vielen Etiketten, die, losgelöst vom Kleidungsstück, neue Assoziationsketten und Erinnerungen entstehen lassen: 

Der Firmenname wird zum Wort des Tages oder 'Made in ...' war das letzte Reiseziel oder ist der Heimatort. Sortierungen nach Farbe, Schriftart, Stickgarnfarbe oder Kleidergröße und Etikettenart (mittig, seitlich, quer, etc. ) werden möglich und so weiter und so fort.

FASHION REVISITED 2016 - TODAY ongoing series  with teabags  clothing label/lace 4x4x1cm

SWALLOWED  2011  teabags  thread  tealeaves  razor wire washing pag 

Teabags have been part of my work since 2010, where I used them to convey work dealing with rape and resulting pregnancy. I am intrigued by their fragility and the aspect of them being `used ́. In combination with wire I play with violence, harshness, masculinity (opponent qualities) and the concept of boarders and security.

Overstepping boundaries has been a topic for me and my current work conveys aspects of such in very different ways. Abuse or misuse are both ways of ignoring the integrity of the Other; humans, animals, the planet, be the abuse obviously or disguised.

    Integrity, 2012
1. The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.

2. The state of being whole and undivided: "territorial integrity"

This installation is part of a process dealing with personal and territoral integrity. Inspired by the story of San Remo (an abandoned house in the city center of Cape Town) and its former inhabitants (homeless people, drug dealers, drug addicts and sex worker), boundaries and overstepped boundaries are an important aspect of their lifes. I consider abuse or misuse, reuse and being used in my work as ways of ignoring the integrity of the Other:  human, animal, object/substance.

INTEGRITY, Razorwire, teabags, thread, vegetable mesh and glue. Dimensions variable



STATISTICS  2011 teabags fire emergency boxes glue

HIVE I&II 2012  teabags   chicken wire artificial hair/ found wood

PULLING   2011  artificial hair   found wood   gold spray   hair clip 


The works shown here are all in one way or another made from teabags. Where necessary other objects and materials were added. ​

Teabags have been part of my work since 2010, where I used them for a work that dealt with rape and resulting pregnancy. The fragility of teabags and the state of being "used" intrigued me. Combining teabags with wire is like a play on the opposing qualities of violence, harshness, masculinity and femininity, vulnerability, domestic comfort. 

IT'S GOOD IT'S BEAUTIFUL IT'S TRUE  2012  (part and detailed view of triptych) razor wire  teabag  artificial hair 

one way to assist artist in doing what they are best at: make art

QUEER BOUQUET 2013 teabags wire wool

Exhibition view San Remo Cape Town  2012

RENAISSANCE  2016   teabags  lace  5x20x1 cm

Meandmyhands - Visual Art by Katharina Forster