Squishy flesh suits by london-based artist Daisy Collingridge layer bulbous forms over swathes of ‘muscular’ fabric. Made from quilted textiles in pastel colors, the wearable suits are a statement on the complex aesthetics of the body.
This group of characters has been created by Daisy to celebrate human physicality. She explores the potential of the human body. It’s a joyful spectacle. The human form is so unbelievably varied, despite us all being built from the same components. Daisy has a strong fascination with human endeavour. The extremes the human form can take, dictated through genetics and choice is endless (she follows Body Builders on Instagram). We are empowered to change our body radically.
Since graduating from Central Saint Martins with a degree in fashion design in 2014, her work has developed on from ‘fashion’ into sculpture but still remains rooted in fabric and figure. Fabric manipulation is a focus that has spanned her design work and now informs her sculptural work. Craft is important. For Daisy an idea is not enough, it has to be realised with craftsmanship. The ability to make with your hands is a skill that should be valued. These soft sculptures came from a desire to push the traditional craft of quilting to the extreme. The technique used here is no longer recognisable as quilting in the traditional sense but the fundamental idea of sandwiching fabric is the same.