The Merge, a surrealistic take on fabrics
Evolution takes a reverse leap as the human species evolves into a being that takes on the qualities of a tree. This evolution takes place to bring man closer to nature in such a way that he is protecting the environment for the sole purpose of his survival. Nature is clearly playing a game where man’s selfishness is actually helping the environment!
 
‘If the dream is a translation of waking life, waking life is also a translation of the dream’.
- Rene Magritte
 
Deforestation is a reality that is slowly but largely affecting living beings globally. This is a major crisis that affects us diversely. It is said that the day when all the trees of the world are cut will be the day that human beings cease to exist. Ill effects of the depletion of the green cover are already evident. A lot has been said and done to create awareness. But, to no avail. Global awareness is the need of the hour.
A lot of times humans are also affected by the nature’s wrath, often during hail storms trees are uprooted by the strong winds causing accidents. Forest fires cause losses. It is an inversely proportional fraction that holds both ends responsible for the peaceful existence of the other. 
THOUGHT PROCESS
MOOD BOARD
FABRIC BOARD
APPROACH
A studio based hands on approach, while working with textures that are closely related to my
concept. The techniques used to make the fabric samples are a metaphor to the different ways in
which trees are cut down. I have used heat, acids, various binding techniques and melting and fusing
of fabrics to represent the same. I have experimented with synthetic and rough textured fabrics,
which is an allegory to the diverse effects cutting trees can have on the human body. To maintain a
‘green index’, I have used natural fibers like jute and banana fiber to create bark like textures. I have
used waste wood shavings from carpentry work and fused it with fabric using techniques like
weaving and binding which in my mind is a fusion of the bark and the skin.
Materials: Organza, anchor thread
Technique used: Chain stitch
This sample represents the different shades that one can see on a tree.
Materials used: glass tissue, felt, polyester cotton 
Technique used: clamp dyeing and applique
This design is inspired by the tree stump.
Materials used: polyester cotton, anchor thread, saree net.
Technique used: ice dyed with Hcl, embroidery and applique.
Materials used: organza 
Technique used: steam treatment and ombre dyeing 
Materials used: 2/10’s cotton yarn as warp,
2/20’s cotton yarn as weft (doubled 30-40
times), jute yarn, wood shavings, rope.
Techique used: weaving
Fabric inspired by tree bark texture and colour.
Materials used: felt, 2/20’s cotton yarn and Chiffon fabric
Technique used: felt treated with heat gun and embroidery
with cotton yarn
Materials used: organza, teak wood shavings
Technique used: dyed organza, with teak.
Technique: hot gun and glass tissue steamed
with pebbles
Materials used: artificial geecha silk, glass tissue, teak wood
Technique used: glass tissue treated with heat gun, embroidered
with teak wood shavings and lined with artificial
geecha silk
Materials used: polyester yarn as warp,
jute yarn as weft and wood shavings as stuffing
Technique used: double cloth  pocket weave with side warp locking
Materials used: mull cotton
Technique used: Shibori technique to get a tree stump effect
Materials used: cotton rope, copper wire, acrylic yarn anchor thread
Technique used: binding the rope with copper wire and
acrylic yarn to give it a bendable property and embroidery with anchor thread.
This fabric is inspired by aerial roots of the banyan tree
Looking at creating interesting bark like textures I worked with banana fibres as
it is conviently available and easy to treat. Banana shoot is a commonly
available in southern region of India. It is used to make yarn to weave matts
and blinds. As it can be spun through almost all the methods of spinning
including ring spinning, open-end spinning, bast fiber spinning, and semi-worsted spinning among others.
Technique: Banana shoot is cut and dried in the sun for a day or two. It is
then boiled in caustic soda for two to three hours to get the pulp. Drying
the pulp of the banana shoot on a mosquito net and flattening it out with
a rolling pint, I was able to get a strong, thick sheet of banana fibre.
This sheet is water resistant and has cooling effects. It can also be folded,
crafted and cut as desired
Materials used: tyvek paper
Technique used: heat gun and dye
Tyvek paper absorbs the colour when dyed
and retains its original colour. This colour
reappears when water is sprinkled on the paper.
Materilas used: felt
Technique used: heat gun, acid (Hcl), steam
Creating a rough yet soft textured of the
tree bark and human skin. It was intersting to
see how burnt felt adheres to felt fabric like velcro.
IDEATION PROCESS
I intend to make the juxtaposition of nature and human form look very natural. In my installation the human figure
has taken a comfortable sitting position with his hands in the ground, which symbolizes the fact that ‘man is closer to
nature’. In both the installations the roots symbolize man’s closeness with nature. But is man really comfortable? Or is
he skeptical about this position, which has deprived him of the freedom and privileges he once had. The head is
faceless as the onlooker could picture it to be anybody. The form shows how man has evolved into a being, which is a
fusion of a tree and the human form. Since the basis of my concept revolves around the idea of
reverse leap in human evolution, where man and trees merge together. The process of seed germination, and its
various stages inspires the form of the installation. Looking at the idea where man takes birth through
nature and develops inside a seed to show the metaphorical uterus. The dicotyledonous seed serves
as the formative stimulus of the installation. The shape of the dicot seed distinctly looks like the uterus, which
nurtures the plant embryo. Taking this line of thought forward I have developed a couple of ideas for the structure.
CONCEPT 1
The installation follows closely the process of seed germination where the
head of the human being is the seed that is getting sowed. The legs then represent
the seed growing after coming in contact with the ground and its nutrients.
 
CONCEPT 2
This installation shows how man is developing inside the dicot seed,
which is a comparison to the embryo developing in the uterus.
The seed here forms a large part of the tree with the roots firmly in the ground.
 
CONCEPT 3
CONCEPT 4
Tapestry
FINAL INSTALLATION 
I decided to make an installation with yarn as the primary material.
What better way to do this than a tapestry!
My interest in weaving led me to pursue
this idea. I wanted to explore the possibility of using my fabric samples and the materials
I had selected to make a unique tapestry which communicates my concept.
PROCESS 
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