Ringgis’ Remnants are the literal remnants of my late maternal grandmother’s last sewing projects. Before she fell seriously ill, she had worked on several different sewing projects. Some of her projects were unfortunately incomplete. This year, I revisited her house and I salvaged the remnants of her completed projects. The remnants used in this piece were personally hand cut by the late Ringgis while she was alive and able, and I finished her work through the process of creating a quilt in the late memory of my inspiring grandmother.
This is my way of continuing her legacy in the form of textile commodity. These patterns materials are now close to impossible to source at the large fabrics stores on India Streets and Carpenter Streets of Kuching, Sarawak.
Late maternal grandmother’s textile remnants from her seamstress and handbag-making business, and red trimmings
handed down from my mother
49” x 29”
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.