R.R. Pascoe is a multi award winning Australian artist and designer. She is best known for her wearable artworks utilising found objects and waste materials. Her work has featured in exhibitions in the US, UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as throughout Australia and NZ, and is held in both private and public collections including the permanent historical collection of the National WOW (World of Wearable Art) Museum, NZ.
Pascoe’s work is largely concerned with conscious and unconscious expressions of identity, ideology, status, and value systems. Her use of salvaged and sustainable materials in traditionally luxury, high-end products has aimed to draw attention to the ecological and humanitarian impacts of the fashion industry, to question ideas of conventional beauty, obsolescence, and explore the commodification of self and identity.
Primarily self-taught, cutting her teeth in the vibrant underground dance party scene of Sydney in the 1990s, she has been shaped by the ethos of DIY culture and the broader Outsider Art movement. With a background in Community Development Work she sees the role of the arts as integral to the development of healthy individuals and communities, and is a firm believer in a ground-up approach, all of which informs her passion for the arts as vehicle for powerful and lasting social change.
In 2021 Pascoe was the recipient of major project funding from the Regional Arts fund and Create New South Wales, to fund a research and development project which she is currently undertaking, designed to address progressive disabling health conditions by re-skilling in digital design and fabrication techniques, and working in conjunction with Auckland University of Technology’s Textile and Design Lab to develop a range of auxetic textiles based on tessellated pleating structures, to be used in the development of 3D, sculpt-able, wearable art garments and accessories.