*Photos for Gif taken by Raukura Turei
Claudia Hill is a fashion and costume designer from Berlin who is currently sending her woven poncho around the world via “human couriers”. Claudia got in touch with me through Andros Zins-Browne (a New York friend of mine who I met on a residency in Berlin who is an INCREDIBLE artist btw) and asked if I had international travel coming up and could possibly be one of these human couriers. The poncho was passed on to me by David Shields at Alleluya Cafe on K’Rd, with whom I had a brief yet lovely chat about what he had done with the poncho while it was in his hands. I took the poncho with me to England and somehow had to get it to Boris Achour in Paris. It turned out that one of my fellow travellers from New Zealand, Nanako Uchida, planned on heading there after our collaboration in Leeds, and so I passed the poncho on to Nanako. I hope she had a nice time meeting Boris. I think this is a lovely way of connecting artists around the world, so I thought I would post this image of Nanako and I with the poncho in an alleyway in Leeds. Here is a rather whimsical little video of the poncho’s time with The Wooster Group theatre company in New York.