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Ongoing enquiry into sacred dressmaking & site specific engagement 

















Shamanic costumes are a way of making visible that which is intangible, a way of drawing in the spirits into making sanctuary with us. The shamanic costume becomes a 'contact zone', a space for 'corporalising' spirit; a space where we can offer our own body as a sacred location for a momentary communion with the 'no-bodies'.


My ongoing practice and enquiry is in making handmade felt and textile ceremonial costumes. These costumes enfold the person wearing them and unfold a relationship with a non human energy field. I make them as objects which belong to a community that seeks to expand their kinship ties to their environment, in a wide variety of performative and educational settings. These are socially engaged experiments in an ancient shamanic technology. 

The shaman's costume itself discloses not only a sacred presence but also cosmic symbols and metaphysic itineraries. Properly studied, it reveals the system of shamanism as clearly as do shamanic myths and techniques.

                                                                           Mircea Eliade

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