Both practices entail the resort to different components, which, assorted together, become one. Katrien De Blauwer’s collages are made of recycled and reassembled materials while Boro textiles are the result of patched fabrics assembled in order to mend and preserve the preexisting textile. The result is a patchwork or a collage, encompassing the story of its maker while preserving the subtle memory of the source.
Katrien De Blauwer defines herself as “a photographer without a camera”. She uses fragments of magazines from the 1920s until the 1960s, to create new images. De Blauwer cuts and reframes images, pasting them together and therefore giving a new meaning to the residual. Her collages are recollections that are simultaneously intimate and anonymous.
The term Boro, meaning ragged in Japanese, refers to patched and mended textiles dating from the Meiji Period (1868 - 1912). Boro textiles are usually sewn from nineteenth century rags and patches of indigo dyed cotton. Boro came to existence through the economic necessity for rural populations to mend their garments with spare fabric scraps. Often handed down over generations, the original textile gradually disappears under the patches.