Erin K. Cork
Organically Domestic ApartmentCultivating DoiliesPuffCollaborationFunctional Art
My work allows the organic qualities of the natural world to live in harmony with the domestic culture of home. Simultaneously addressing our relationship with textiles in our domestic space and organic processes; my work is a place for their coexistence.

Paying careful attention to culture’s use of objects related to the home, stewardship reclaims the household textile; striking a contradiction to the world outside, quick to discard and purchase anew. The relationship of the household textile to the past functions as a look back to a time where the making and materials of an object were more personally connected to the user. Natural processes are allowed to proceed at their given will; the result of decomposition is highlighted and encouraged rendering the ugly a point of interest and setting a slow pace of change.

As domestic textiles and natural elements coexist they begin to become one another. Organic marks become embedded within the inherent qualities of the textile; acting in conversation with the material, weave and existing pattern. The organic change that has taken place comes to define the volume and shape of the domestic element. As the domestic textiles allow the organic mark to become a part of it, so too does the domestic textile begin to behave organically. Growing and changing into multi-functioning, ambiguous forms the textile elements take on organic shapes and qualities.

The interaction of the organic and domestic within my work asserts their separation of it in the world; my work runs in accordance with nature rather than against it. The viewer is challenged to contemplate their relationship with domestic culture and the natural world and how those two realms interact.