“The threads I collect to create my wearable sculptures are rare, precious and irreplaceable. They are the essence of my work. Each thread was made via a complex process by highly skilled artisans before eventually coming into my hands.
Silk or cotton was grown, harvested, processed and spun. French filé threads were created from a wire
of precious metal, drawn down until thread-like itself, then wrapped around a silk core. Japanese silk threads were wrapped with gilded and lacquered papers — an apprenticeship of 10 years is required
to become proficient in applying fine gilt to handmade paper — the paper then cut, by hand, at 60 – 100 strands every 30 mm. These delicate strands were finally spun by hand around a fine silk core.
I revere the finesse that went into the creation of these threads, and bring the same meticulous attention to detail to my work, carefully stitching each piece, unique in its materials and form, while contemplating who may be the next to appreciate their lustre, and the vessels I have created with them.” – Catherine Buddle