I love you as much as all the beads in the universe: a garment-based inquiry into re-stitching alternative worlds of love by Justine Woods is a thesis exhibition presented to OCAD University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a degree of Master of Design in Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design.
Justine Woods’ Master of Design thesis exhibition engages with a praxis of decolonial love through garment construction and beadwork as a practice-based method of inquiry. The body of work centres decolonial love as methodology with the expressed purpose to physically and conceptually re-stitch alternative worlds that are grounded in ethical practices and based on respect, empathy, reciprocity, consent and love. Engaging in decolonial love as praxis, the artistic production of the work presented re-frames pattern drafting, garment construction and stitching methods within decolonial and relationship-based contexts. Woods prioritizes, and foregrounds, all of the relationships that make up her identity as a Penetanguishene Aabitaawikwe and centres these relationships as praxis towards building alternative worlds of love that honour, celebrate and mobilize Indigenous internationalism, intercultural solidarity, co-resistance and liberation.
Justine Woods is a garment artist, designer and beadworker based in Tkaronto. She is a current Master of Design Candidate at OCAD University and holds a Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design from Ryerson University. Justine’s design practice investigates the ways fashion and garment-making practices facilitate, activate and mobilize Indigenous resurgence. Her work prioritizes all of the relationships that make up her identity as an Aabitaawikwe; an identity she has inherited from her family and her Aabitaawizininiwag Ancestors. Her Ancestors come from Drummond Island (in what is now known as Michigan) and were relocated in 1828 to Penetanguishene, Ontario where they built diasporic roots alongside their community and kin that continue to hold strong to this present day. Justine was born and raised in Tiny, Ontario and is a member of what is currently and presently known as the Georgian Bay Métis Community.