Red Roots and Remnants are two of the works that originate from Sarawak. They are inspired by my late maternal grandmother, Ringgis. She was a self-taught seamstress and a farmer. She also made handbags and was a keen crafter. She would babysit my sister and I while she sewed clothes for her customers and of course, for her grandchildren. She would have the tv or radio on in the background while she worked on her manual Singers sewing machine, and I would be playing with the discarded fabric that she had cut off on the floor. I would hear the sound of the wheel from the sewing machine more than whatever was on the tv or radio.
My fascination and obsession with textile began from there. Red Roots features memorable sayings that my late grandmother would constantly reiterate to us. She would always remind us that we were women and that we have to look after ourselves first before any man (obviously beside our father and grandfather).
Bidayuh haberdashery, late maternal grandmother’s textile remnants from her seamstress and handbag-making business, bells and coins chains, and red trimmings handed down from my mother, curtain samples for quilt back was gifted, safety pins
43.5” x 24.5”
IONA MOIRA EVEMARIE DANALD
Identifying as Bidayuh and working primarily with textile, Danald’s work is an exploration of femininity, mental health and recovery. Trained in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, Danald left her role as a Research & Development Engineer in 2017 to focus on her mental health. Through her journey of recovery, Danald rediscovered her initial life’s dedication – her commitment to working with the less fortunate and people with disabilities through visual arts. She helped adults with disabilities and taught art therapy during her residency at Asia Community Services’ Stepping Stone, Penang, and volunteered to teach remedial classes at St Mary’s Primary School, Kuching, in 2019. Currently, she’s an art teacher at Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.
Danald is the Winner of Spotlight 2019 by Penang Art District and Malaysia Emerging Artist Award Finalist 2019. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Kuching, Penang and Kuala Lumpur. AYE : Across Sarawak and Scotland is her first solo exhibition.