Art & Design

Written by Justine Aka

Recycled Fabrics by Karine Jollet

“Observing anatomy fills me with wonder and respect. In my eyes, there is nothing morbid in anatomy; I can only see beauty and the wonderful complexity of forms and of vital functions.”

Karine Jollet

Driven by her wonder of the human anatomy Karine Jollet creates figures and body parts, such as bones and organs, from old bed sheets, embroidered handkerchiefs, shirts and other second hand fabrics. Regarding the materials she uses Karine Jollet says on her website:

“Fabrics are materials that came naturally to me as an analogy to our own biological tissues: bones, fibres, crystals….”

All of her creations are kept in the colour white to symbolise “a dimension of unity and purity”. Characterising the connection between the figures she creates of gods with the human anatomy, symbolising a union of spirit and matter.

Amongst many works, a very striking one is the heart. Karine Jollet created a white, very detailed, heart from an old bed sheet, pearls, embroidery, wadding and wire. She included the major vessels going to, and coming from the upper and lower limbs. Through the soft and white structure the heart seems fragile, innocent, pure and clean. By incorporating the main vessels it shows the powerful function of the heart, with its “arms” spreading throughout the human body, reaching into all directions, to all tissues.

Interested in more? Check out the French artists’ website and flicker page.

Karine Jollet instalation


Karine Jollet CNS


Karine Jollet Heart 1



"Heart Arborescence", 2011, 95cm x 55cm x 35cm
"Heart Arborescence", 2011, 95cm x 55cm x 35cm
(Image by: Karine Jollet)

Tags: functional brain imaging, Heart, spinal cord, Brain, CNS, Embroidery, Textiles, Fabrics, Sculptures, Installation

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