Margaret Hull is a Detroit-based artist and designer. Hull has an MFA in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BFA in Fiber from Maryland Institute College of Art. She has been awarded residencies in Léhon, France, at AZ West in Joshua Tree, California, Ox-Bow School of Art in Saugatuck, Michigan, and Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. Her work has been exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, and Wasserman Projects. She maintains a studio in Hamtramck, Michigan and is Assistant Professor in the Fashion Design and Merchandising program at Wayne State University.
McCalls 8616, Silk crêpe and silk charmeuse garment, hand-dyed polyester velour, nylon flocked, steel armature, 60 x 20 x 16 inches, 2019, 3 of 7 in an ongoing series
Through textiles, garments, performance, installation, and video, I examine the relationship between architecture and the gendered body in public space, where clothing serves as interface between body and landscape. I question the performance of wearing clothes and its effect on representation and image distribution in an effort to build a more intimate relationship between fabric and the body.
In prioritizing garment design that is self-made, well made, and sustainable, my practice offers an alternative to mainstream fast-fashion, which disregards human life and the environment. Removing myself from a capitalist mode of construction and production, I aim to reshape my own expectations of my body and how I choose to dress it. I address the psychometric potential of garments and their power - imbued by the wearer - to effectively mobilize against planned obsolescence and toward a democratized, future state of dress.