This series of collars are inspired by the life of Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RBG) who died in 2020. RBG represents to me an antidote to the toxic, inhumane and misogynist social and political environment of 2020/21. Her achievements in law reform, enshrining equal rights for women into a number of areas of US law has been an inspiration to feminists around the world. Bader Ginsberg became famous for her collars worn over her judicial robes. These became subtle encoded signals reflecting the theme of her work. The most famous being the “I Dissent” collar worn when she wished to communicate her dissent from the majority judicial opinion.
For the Crafted Technology” exhibition, at the Jam Factory Adelaide 7 May – 18 July 2020, I made these collars as a 21st century reference to not only the craftwork of the RBG collar makers, but also RBG's coded signals. Utilising the capabilities that 3D modelling and 3D printing technology allows, these pieces are designed to be completed in a single print. I have retained the original white colour of the laser sintered nylon material the works are made in homage to Bader Ginsberg’s legacy.