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Fabric Constructions: Art by Gonny Mackaay

A creative dress made from hanging strips of fabrictrouwjurk


Gonny Mackaay is an artist who works in textiles and fabrics, creating art in the form of clothing designs and fabric constructions. The artist’s works frequently edge into the territory of fashion, but tend to avoid strict categorization as such.

A fabric artwork taking the form of a maskJodokus


Gonny’s series The Unwearable Dresses showcases the artist’s appreciation for the more experimental aspects of fashion. These garments, seemingly made from collections of loose fibers draped and intertwined into chaotic assemblages, are draped over mannequins, inviting an instant comparison to dresses. I wonder how these garments might behave if they were removed from these supports -- would they hold their shape? Or would they fall in on themselves and become truly “unwearable?”

A screen capture of Gonny Mackaay's art portfolio websiteThe front page of Gonny's textile art website

In other series, Gonny incorporates constructed forms to help lift and support the draped fabrics. In The Three Magicians, the structures take on the appearance of wild fabric masks, while in Muppets the artworks almost look like handmade dolls.

A doll-shaped object made from various fabricsMallewijn

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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