Rosa Terráqueo by Fragmentario at Yamamoto Seika
Besides being powerful color sources, plants can also reveal different properties of the water used, as the colors they yield will shift depending on the alkalinity and hardness of the water they are paired with. High in tannins and readily available, avocado seeds are one of the most reliable colorants from nature, yielding a range of pink hues. For the last two years, Fragmentario has partnered with local New York restaurants, collecting their avocado seeds and using them for color.
Rosa Terráqueo seeks to explore water quality through the lens of botanical dyes. A variety of water samples from around the world, each with its own alkalinity and mineral content, were used to extract a spectrum of pink tones using avocado seeds, which were then used to dye deadstock fibers and create a series of garments and textile studies. Rosa Terráqueo was inspired by the spectrum of pink hues obtained in a series of avocado dye workshops conducted across Europe in the summer of 2017 by Fragmentario. Its name is a nod to the global nature of the waters used for the project and the diverse pink hues obtained with them.
The exhibition will present work covering a range of practices and media (textile, garment, video, audio) and research material that will provide a unique opportunity to explore the process of Fragmentario.
The site-specific exhibition will present work made both in New York and in Osaka, covering a range of practices and media (textile, garment, video, audio…) and research material that will provide a unique opportunity to explore the process of Fragmentario. The exhibition will also include the premiere of a performance piece in which fiber, water and avocado seeds will be used to foster conversations about globalization, circular economies and the role of natural dyes in the modern world.
Yamamoto-Seika is a project space/space project where had been Okaki (rice cracker) factory and out of business 20 years ago, located in residential area at Tengachaya Nishinariku, Osaka. Former factory space is still decaying and it continuously exists along the flow of time without any artificial renovation.