‘Comfort, A Poiesis’ is a collection and continuing project through which I have explored my own personal comfort.
Whilst researching the theme ‘Comfort’, I came across the writings of Jo Turney and Winnicott, who talk in depth of the emotional meaning of objects. I learnt of Transitional Objects or Other Than Me Objects. These could be your childhood comforter, an item of clothing or a mechanical toy. Mine is Jingles, a small white teddy with a bell inside which I was given the day I was born. Jingles lives in my bed, and due to chronic pain and fibromyalgia, my bed is my safe space. However, Jingles isn’t alone in my bed, aside from me there is also an array of sleeping aids, weighted blankets and bed wedges. In my bed is where my emotional and physical comfort are at their peak.
This space has been the primary influence behind this project, alongside utility clothing, which I consider to be anything from Antarctic exploration knitwear and the construction of babies rompers. I used knit to develop methods of waste free quilting, stuffing with merino tops and weighted glass beads. I also used button plackets to make the designs more accessible, whilst using a soft colour palette and patterns to move away from the typical aesthetic of what one would usually associate with medical aids. Considering care as a vital part of comfort, I chose my materials with such, dyeing the yarns myself, in an effort to be present throughout the whole process of creating this comfort. ‘Poiesis’ translates to “the activity in which a person brings something into being that did not exist before”. In this context it is not to say, comfort itself did not exist before, but more that personal comfort for an individual can be created, as for everyone it is different.