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  • Caressing cloth: the warp and weft as site of exchange

Dormor, Catherine, 2018, Book Section, Caressing cloth: the warp and weft as site of exchange In: UNSPECIFIED, (ed.) The Erotic Cloth: seduction & fetishism in textiles. Bloomsbury, London, pp. 123-132. ISBN 9781474281751

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Taking as its starting point, the notion of the caress, what I want to consider here is a framework of cloth-based thinking that positions or –repositions the body as a site of exchange between two. Thinking of and from the female body, this chapter explores the caress and its inter-relationship with textile, most specifically woven cloth, and thus positioning the warp and weft as a site of exchange. This idea of the caress, as a form of porous communication between two is focused upon here under three themes which can collectively be thought of as a (re)awakening, a term drawn from Luce Irigaray’s search for a language of the caress. The three sections, then, are dehiscence, which explores the idea of the cloth-as- caress as stimulus between two; inter/intra-dermal modalities, which develops the idea of the cloth-as- caress as a gesture-space which enfolds into and onto itself through the physical interplay of dermal and epidermal layers of the skin; and finally, a nomadic caress, which draws on Deleuze and Guattari’s notion of a nomadic experiencing of the world and considers the cloth-as- caress I terms of an understanding of the landscape through performative action and reaction, holding within itself a sense of the infinite. I conjunction with these themes, I will also be considering the caress within artworks by Ann Hamilton, Chiharu Shiota and Susie MacMurray.

Official URL: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/the-erotic-cloth-978...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W190 Fine Art not elsewhere classified
School or Centre: Other
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2018 16:42
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2018 16:42
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3174

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