The #placentaproject is growing! There’s a slow-but-steady progress on the large sculpture- and also on the prioritising of the health messages that can be shared with this artwork as the vehicle.
For example, a sideline exhibit, the #bellybuttonproject will be a gallery of photographs of belly buttons… this is a tiny and rather insignificant body part that very young children are fascinated by. The large placenta sculpture will be complete with umbilical cord to scale. So…what is an umbilical cord for? Well…nothing much, when what it becomes just a belly button. But–
There are two health outcomes related to this birth apparatus: delayed cord-cutting, and cord blood donations- only one of these things can be done post-birth, not both. In many cases, the hospital is not equipped at time of birth to receive cord blood donations. There is evidence on both sides of the argument for or against delayed cord-cutting.
The reclaimed tshirts come from a team of volunteers at Mawarra Op Shop who put aside garments that can’t be sold (with “Fun Run 1985” or similar; or are badly soiled or damaged). The dyes used are chemical reaction dyes that act on cellulose fibres (eg. cotton). The challenge is to get rich red colour, and this is tricky based on the cotton content. One of the disadvantages of disposable fashion is the increased cost-cutting measures used to produce the staggering volume of clothes required by the developed-world markets. It’s increasingly hard -with the advent of nanotechnology- to discern the fibre content of a garment based on its ‘feel’… as a result, dyeing high-polyester garments means that most of the dye runs straight back out of the fibres during the double rinse. Still, the variety of tonal reds coming out of the dye baths is very, very satisfying.
All the knitters in the team have described the beautiful tactile qualities of the knitted sections. This thing we’re doing is going to be lovely ❤️