I found myself inside her fur...

Harper, Catherine (2008) I found myself inside her fur... Textile, 6 (3). pp. 300-314. ISSN 1475-9756

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Fur is the ultimate “fabric of desire.” Humans covet the gorgeousness of the stuff on the backs of the wild and the caged, and from that desire to those enacted in the orgasmic moment of death, the climactic moment of consumption, the ecstatic moment of the performic enactment of fur through wearing it, fur is synonymous with desire. In this article, the author examines fur as both a fetish-fabric that disavows its bodily origin, a material fabric tied to seduction, sensuality, and somatic sensation, and a sadist-fabric that cannot be decoupled from the pornographic “snuff” violence of its manufacture. Catherine Harper was a founder member of the Animal Rights Movement of Northern Ireland in 1983.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: © Catherine Harper, 2008 An earlier, shorter version of the paper was published in selvedge magazine (2005), and a paper based on it was presented at the 11th International foundation of Fashion and Technology Institutes (IFFTI) conference, London College of Fashion, April 2009. This essay has been developed as a chapter for Catherine Harper’s second book Fabrics of Design (Berg, 2010).
Uncontrolled Keywords: fur; fetish; snuff; sadist; disavow
Subjects: W000 Creative Arts and Design > W990 Creative Arts and Design not classified elsewhere
W000 Creative Arts and Design > W900 Others in creative arts & design > W990 Creative Arts and Design not classified elsewhere
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.2752/175183508X377609
Faculties: Faculty of Arts > School of Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Dr Catherine Harper
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2009
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2015 16:03
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/5636

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