FROOTFUCT, her NEW LINE OF MERKINS, STRAP ONS AND NIPPLE TASSLES

In Conversation with Aislin Mctavish
by Sarah Hall

 Image:   Aislin Mctavish wearing her desgins

Image: Aislin Mctavish wearing her desgins


Where did your interest in art and making things come from?

I’ve always been a bit arty, I guess you could say it runs in the family. We all dabble in some craft or another. I’ve been in the hospo game for most of my working life and the challenge and enjoyment of it started to fade, I’ve mastered the perfect flat white, I can tick that box . Once I moved to Melbourne I realised it was time to find my calling and didn’t need to look very hard. This city is such a nourishing environment for creatives, there are so many pockets of people interested in what you’re doing, it’s a lot of fun!

This show was part of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF)’s cultural program. What do you think about VAMFF and the mainstream fashion world more generally? Where do you see yourself in relation to it? 

Our project BODY/HAIR was a collaboration of friends and funnily enough we all worked together at the same cafe. As we all use different mediums in our work, the VAMFF cultural program was a great platform for us. 

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I believe some of the fashion world is pretty twisted, I think as consumers we need to start taking a good look at what we are buying, what we are putting on our bodies and who is making our clothing. This new world of fast unethically made fashion isn’t sustainable. It’s morally wrong on many levels, from the impact it has on our environment to the treatment of workers making the clothes to the way that designs are ripped off by cheap manufactures for a quick buck. As Vivienne Westwood says, ‘buy less, choose well’
and as I say, support local!  

What inspired FROOTFUCT and what is your favourite thing about it?
Last year I started talking about making merkins as a bit of a joke, and then made my first. It was so beautiful that I pretty much became obsessed with them. The nipple tassels and straps-ons came next. I love colour and I found that what was currently on the market was very black/fetish orientated so decided that I should do something about it. I’ve been loving people’s reactions to the FROOTFUCT line, it brings a smile to people’s faces and the pieces are a lot of fun.

What materials did you use to make these garments?  
I use human hair for the merkins and the harnesses are made of leather. 

What is fashion? What is its purpose? 
Fashion for me is expression, it’s about being able to be me completely me
without uttering a single word. 

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