The skin of an onion is often discarded immediately for it serves us no use. But the onion skin is essential to the well-being of the onion. If the skin is permeated, the onion will become moldy. This rain jacket reminds us to protect and honor our onion skins. This rain jacket and backpack set were constructed from thousands of dried onion skins and packing tape. I was the taken by the beauty of the onion skin– its translucency, subtle colors, and delicate veins. I hoped to construct a garment that was true to the nature of the onion skin, but was confronted with the problem of preserving its fragility while simultaneously creating a fabric that was durable enough to be worn as a garment. I invented a method of encasing the onion skins in packing tape in order to showcase its beauty and also provide it with a structure. This piece won a Silver Key in the 2013 Regional Scholastic Art Awards.
This piece is a study for the onion skin rain jacket. This was an exploration of the multitude of ways to conjoin objects, physically or conceptually. The methods I explored are as follows: 1. Take a picture of two onion skins to join them digitally. 2. Fold them into a wallet like currency. 3. Have people deliver them in a ziplock bag. 4. Blend them into smoothie (drink if desired). 5. Store onions in the oven to dry them with pilot light and produce more papery onion skins. (The onion skins are joined in the oven and on onions as they are formed) 6. Close up of an onion drying. 7. Vacuum up onion skins. 8. Eat them. 9. Freeze them in water. 10. Bake an onion skin cake. 11. Tie them into hair. 12. Transport them in the car. 13. Think about them (joined in the mind). 14. Put them into a black hole (they will form a singularity). 15. Make an onion skin bracelet by attaching them to an elastic band. 16. Glue them to a notebook to decorate.