So Long and Thanks for All The Fish III

Textile design

Motto: "The world's about to be destroyed | There is no point getting all annoyed | Lie back and let the planet dissolve."
[excerpt from the main theme song of the movie The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]

Textile Design & Styling & Photography: Monika Lovas

Watch out for those who use the words So long and ... when saying their goodbyes! They mean it.

Before leaving Planet Earth the dolphins sing the above great song in the 2005 science fiction comedy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. The lyrics carry pessimistic-realistic undertones but the joyful bigband style presentation of the notes makes it superbly absurd. I tried to translate the feelings outlandishness, absurdity, depression and humour into textiles. It resulted in three different subgroups which are all interconnected.

The third subgroup of textiles I named So long. It is the the darkest and gloomiest group of all the textiles. The mahoganies, dark khakis, bronze browns and coal-blacks make their own silent movie here. The central theme is saying good-bye, to a bye-gone lover, to a bye-gone era, it is a matter of question. Fraying, knitting, embroidery, beading, heat press transfer, silk screen printing and Graphixscan laser cutting techniques were used by creating this group of textiles.

Presentation at Studio 13 Amsterdam, 25 January 2011