Growing up in an environment where I lacked a voice led me to continuously struggle with the containment of my thoughts. I have manifested this struggle through the break down of layers, interlacements and bindings. My current work continues to explore physical restraint through wearable sculpture. Through the process of wrapping, weaving, and sewing I immobilize the wearer in heavy, burdensome metal to illustrate the containment of thoughts and feelings, and to represent resistance against impeding forms.
Jon Riosa is a former fibre artist turned womenswear designer currently living in Downtown Toronto. As a graduate of OCAD University’s Material Art and Design program, Jon has also worked in ceramics, bookbinding, jewellery, metal, and most recently fashion design. Jon’s current work utilizes garment construction, fibre techniques and metal to create wearable sculptures.