Trees grow slowly and experience so many things during their lifetime. While the tree bark is a protective layer, its textures and layers are what holds the memories of the pressures of the changing landscape, and that of man’s desires.
Textile artist, Agatha Lee ‘ Agy’ and slow fashion house You Living 悠.生活 have collaborated to create a unique collection of wearables that capture the beauty of bark and the essence of slow fashion. The Memory of Trees comprises limited edition cotton linen short tops that are hand painted and embroidered in Agy’s studio. Each garment is designed, handmade and treated with plant enzymes in Taiwan. Alongside the garments are 12 unique and exclusive handmade brooches.
Agatha Lee "Agy" is a Singapore-based textile artist specialising in embroidery. She was born in England and grew up in Hong Kong where she spent her childhood making daisy chains and walking in the hills. Although she learnt to sew from her mother, it was not until 2012 that she rediscovered her passion for it and started creating textile collages and 3D textures through free motion machine embroidery, handstitching and marking that are not only vibrant and dynamic, but captivate the viewer.
Her previous career as an environmental policy maker has enabled her to bridge the gap between sustainability and art, and has encouraged her to create works to reconnect people with not only the environment, but their inner tortoise. As an environmental advocate, her work has explored slowing down through traditional textile crafts (versus mass manufacturing), and making visible the things that are usually 'hidden' from the public.
Agy was an invited artist for The Big Draw 2015, Playeum, art residency L’Observatoire 2017, and Singapore Design Week 2018. She has also exhibited at The Substation, Singapore Eco Film Festival, The Festival of Quilts (UK) and The Knitting & Stitching Show. As part of her practice, she holds regular workshops.
She is a member of the Society for Embroidery Work and Fertile Art Refinery Singapore.
Agy has been featured in Her World, TODAY, The Straits Times Singapore, Channel News Asia and Channel 8. She can be found at www.agytextileartist.com