Mujo. by Elizabeth Leslie is a label, with a focus on sustainable and handwoven textiles, as well as hand-built ceramics. Available alongside my own pieces is a curated range of handcrafted artisanal homewares. Each of these pieces are individually crafted using natural materials and slow traditional processes.
My hands are my tools; I use them to weave my textiles thread by thread, and build my ceramics coil by coil. Each piece takes between many hours and days to complete. These textile pieces are hand woven panel by panel, to ensure minimal wastage and visible selvedge edges.
Once woven and built, each piece of cloth and pottery has its own qualities and characteristics, I find in order to make a genuine works I must take these qualities and characteristics into consideration. In a way, I watch the yarns and clay closely for the directions they give me. I hold no expectations of them when I work.
This commitment to painstakingly creating textiles and ceramics is a powerful manifesto with which I take a strong stance against the insane pace and agenda of the capitalist system, the both of which are visible within the fashion industry by political extension. All threads are individually warped onto the loom, thread by thread, they show evidence of the human hand. By the end of the finished piece the beauty of well-made human objects is made manifest in the work.
As a result of the hand-crafted processes, slight irregularities remain visible within the pieces. This is celebrated rather than eliminated by a machine. By these human discrepancies each piece becomes singular – no two are identical in existence.
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