Gold leaf wearable artefacts are applied to body-sites chosen by participants. The process of dressing and documenting these body-sites became a gateway to sharing personal narratives that built understanding around themes including individual experiences and perceptions of their body and other bodies, identity, adornment and decoration, materials and materiality.
The project demonstrates a skin-based approach to dressing and designing dress. Lived skin is at the centre of this practice: the process of dressing is a means to engage with fleeting, subjective experiences of wearing artefacts in brief contact with the skin. Material Application Projects, or MAPs, are conceived as a simple way of increasing attention to the conditions and experiences arising in the intermingling space between skin and dress.