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Fashioning the Voice

Yvon Bonenfant, Jennifer Anyan and Tychonas Michailidis
“This technologically enabled trench coat is more like a technicolour dream coat, a figment of your imagination spun into real life, a rainbow of possibility that stretches from your body to the rest of the world.” Writer Mary Paterson, December 2020.

Fashioning the Voice is an interdisciplinary arts project developed in collaboration by Jennifer Anyan, Yvon Bonenfant and Tychonas Michailidis. It is a singing trench coat exploring self-identity through how we fashion ourselves, how we fashion our voice and how the two influence each other.

Jennifer Anyan and Yvon Bonenfant approached me in 2018 to join the FTV team as producer. Over the course of 2.5 years (extended due to Covid-19) I supported the artists through an R&D journey that included achieving a successful ACE project grant in order to test the coat with different participants, refine the garment design and work towards planning a final production template.

Read Mary Paterson’s Critical Text

The FTV team are looking at producing the final project from 2022.

To watch a suite of videos, read background information and technical specification visit