Miren Docherty (she/her)
My practice recites the story of my health. Being type one diabetic, my work tells of my relationship with sweets and sugar. The mouth and teeth; the consumer and victim. My collection Bittersweet highlights my love for sweeties meanwhile emphasising the detriment they cause to my health. Sugar and sweets have damaged my teeth while being my saviour in a life-or-death situation, an addictive, harmful substance but a reliance for me. Type one diabetes, dependant on sugar to stay alive, a first-hand battle with the substance. My work involves replicating sweets and candies as wearable objects, Cutesy, nostalgia driven memories informed by the perspective of sugar from a person with type one diabetes. In my pieces I have used real human teeth, decayed and rotten, alongside parts and full tangible medical instruments to bring in the narrative of my medical status. At New designers 2023, Miren achieved acclaims from Tatty Devine, Stephan Webster and hallmark.