The Dowsing Collections

The first port of call is the origin of dressing and the destination is the sociological implications of the codes we collectively recognize in our clothing. 


Anna Telcs has extensively researched the human need to define oneself in dress and has performed internationally as an designer and artist articulating themes of ritualized clothing and the sociological impetus for adornment.

Telcs' ongoing artwork, The Dowsing, combines historical and technical research, sculpture, sewing and dying techniques, filmography and performance to create objects that quietly and powerfully question our relationship with clothing and the cultural elements it comprises. The objects and performed events are staged to demystify and de-isolate fashion for a wider audience. 

The Dowsing's attention to detail and craft re-instills a respect for conscious manufacturing.  By using primarily natural fabrics, dyes and archival techniques to conserve materials, the Dowsing confronts a lack of sustainability in modern construction and labor practices of fast fashions. The Dowsing’s reverent presentations and performances honor human's need for adornment.  Gender and body politics in culture come to a head in fashion, further alienating people from a fundamental expression of self through the body and its protective covering. The Dowsing collections work toward inclusion while referencing Telcs' personal history including Ecclesiastical and Mennonite garments.

The Dowsing, is an aesthetic calling card and its attention to form and detail instills a respect for the personal universe we each contain and express through the architecture of clothing. The ritualistic and the quotidian, the private and the public, form and function intersect in fashion, making it complex and fascinating. Her ongoing practice addresses and dissolves many issues that arise from the commercial fashion industry. 

Artistic collaborations, serial performances at multiple institutions, lectures and forums in recent years have resonated widely with a diverse audience.  

Anna is a 15 year veteran of the fashion industry.