This installation illustrates the history of the safety pin. Its beginnings in Ancient Greece as a tool for holding up clothing is shown through the simple white fabric. In the Middle Ages, safety pins were considered a luxury, and this inspired my use of the gold color. There are pins on the borders, used to embellish the fabric, as well as on the inside holding it up, symbolizing both the aesthetic and practical uses of safety pins.
This piece also relates my personal experiences. By draping the fabric like a sari, the installation also portrays a bit of my own culture. The sari is a traditional South Asian clothing, and every time I’ve worn it, I’ve required extensive use of safety pins, which I have quite a few not-so-fond memories of. However, the sari is quite beautiful once worn; so too were the safety pins in my fabric once I had finished adding all 1000 of them.