GREEN CARPET AWARDS COMPETITION
RECOVERY LASER CUT JACKET NO.3
The starting point was past work I created inspired by the sudden loss of my brother. The work was to be exposed to an audience and I did not want to show my pain. I wanted to mask how I felt.
The laser-cut pattern was used to create a mirage, and was developed drawing on Yayoi Kusama’s idea of self-obliteration, geometry of life, balance, and shapes of crystals to create surrealist- like patterns on leather. Fringe over the laser-cut was symbolic of masking emotions.
I revisited this work to create newness, pushing past laser cutting to transform the mood and give the existing work a new meaning. I used repurposed denim and calf hair to patch up areas of the jacket, and adjusted proportions and style lines within the existing piece. The beautiful process of unstitching and cutting sections away, while body (even the waterproof zipper) remained, and new materials were added, transformed the work and its meaning. Patching up parts of the piece is symbolic to recovery, giving a new life to the jacket, now a casual denim laser cut leather jacket. This piece is a fusion of two ideas- hope and grief; a reincarnation.
“MY WORK DREW INSPIRATION DIRECTLY FROM THE VAPORMAX AS I WANTED TO BEST REPRESENT THE ESSENCE OF THE FOOTWEAR. THE SOLE, A FLEXIBLE PRODUCT MADE OF A SINGLE, INFLATABLE AIRBAG, INSPIRED MY RESEARCH AND MATERIAL.
‘PEARLIZED’ NEOPRENE MESH AND TEXTURIZED VINYL ALLOWED FOR BOTH FLEXIBILITY AND FOR A LARGER SILHOUETTE, ALLOWING AIR TO FLOW FREELY IN AND OUT OF THE COAT. THE IDEA OF AIR IN HARMONY WITH THE BODY, AND THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE HUMAN BODY AND SPACE;TYING THOSE TWO TOGETHER WITH LACE WAS ANOTHER DESIGN DETAIL I FELT WAS IMPORTANT. A LARGE, ADJUSTABLE HOOD WITH SHIRRING DETAILS OR PINCHES, SUGGESTS THE IDEA OF BENDABILITY. THE REACTION OF THE LACES AND THEIR EXTENSION FROM THE BODY, EXAGGERATES THE HUMAN FORM IN MOTION. AS A DESIGNER, THE IDEA OF REACTION IS SOMETHING I ALWAYS INCORPORATE INTO MY WORK.”
SEEKING EQUILIBRIUM SS 2017
Resurrection is a projection of my internal environment. Sofia, Goddess of Wisdom, was the focal point of my research. Although the Goddess is often interpreted religiously, I defined her through the lens of my personal experience. Sofia is considered the “light crowned by the stars,” the mother of creation, the expression of femininity, and analogous to the human soul. I visually translated “light crowned by the stars” to Yayoi Kusama’s art installation “Infinity Room”, which furthered my research to exploring lines of constellations. The mother of creation led to seed crystals, which represent nature, healing, and allude to my own pain. To express femininity, I incorporated feathers and wings, symbolizing angels, and transparency reflects the human soul freed from the body. The flower of life, represented as itself, is considered a sacred geometry containing the basic information of all living things.