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    Fashioning the Voice, 2018 – 2021

    Technologically Enabled Singing Trench Coat

    Client: Tract and Touch

    “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

    Jennifer Anyan and Yvon Bonenfant approached me in 2018 to join the Fashioning the Voice (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 Arts Council funding in order to test the coat with different participants, refine the garment design and work towards planning a final production template.

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

    Download the full critical text my Mary Paterson

    For further background information and technical specification visit: www.tractandtouch.com

    Performer at participation session, Solent University, February 2019
    Preliminary design ideas for performance space, Design Engine
    Preliminary design ideas for performance space, Design Engine
    Preliminary design ideas for performance space, Design Engine
    Preliminary design ideas for performance space, Design Engine