The project takes its inspiration from African and Mongolian folklore. The main focus of the project is an examination and adaptation of different historical textile techniques that are reworked into modern and artistic expressions. With this approach this project is more abstract and conceptual compared to more traditional tailored and fashion oriented clothing projects.
Through the inspiration from African and Mongolian cultures this project has also worked to examine the inherent prerequisites that the clothing of these traditional cultures possessed – in particularly the need for reflecting status and clout while also serving practical functions such as being adapted to climatic conditions and serving as protection against enemies.
The macabre photography of Joel-Peter Witkin and this particular verse by Christina Rossetti are the inspiration for “BODYBOUND”. Together they inform his collection on the human condition, desire and the perverse. Referencing both the anatomical drawings of Vesalius and the eroticism of Hokusai, the collection revolves around skin, sinew, muscle, and bone.
It pumps sex back into a craft that has become lust-less, prompting arousal and addiction for men’s knitwear by examining the relationship between seduction and repulsion.
The project can bee seen as a continuity of my MA project Deviated Evolution where I worked with the relationship between humans and their portable electronics, and the lack of emotional appeal these products provide. I was experimenting with how materials can evoke an emotional connection to a electronic device, and how this emotional value could persuade people to hold on to their electronic devices for more than a period of say- six months.
Beatrice Korlekie Newman, 21. De Montfort University, BA (Hons.) Fashion Graduate 2009. -specialism: Fashion Womenswear /Knitwear. Design Background: Brought up in an African culture, I was introduced to a diversity of rich textiles and colour which have been a significant factor intriguing me to learn more about fashion and how I could translate the richness … Continue reading
Alexandra Verschueren, 21. Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Fashion Graduate 2009. – specialism: Fashion Womenswear. Design Background: I went from high shool straight to the Academy. Since the program is really hands-on, we aren’t really able to study abroad for a semester. And we only have time for internships during the summer. In the … Continue reading
Disa Treutiger, 24. Beckmans College of Fashion, 2. year knitwear project 2009. – specialism: Fashion Design Background: I started when I was 14 years old making clothes for a fashion show to raise money for my class travelling funds, I started calling up Swedish designers that I admire and asked if I could be an … Continue reading
Tine Winther Rysgaard og Trine Kristoffersen. The Danish Design School, 2 year project for Innovating Sustainable Fashion Competition 2009. – specialism: Fashion Womenswear and Knitwear. Project title: Totems Inspiration: The Cactus, The Bear, and The Mountain is an ecological knitwear collection inspired by limit challenging youthful curiosity, taking visual cues from … Continue reading
Nina Born and Siff Pristed Nielsen, 24. Kolding School of Design, BA Textiles Graduates 2009. -specialism: Print (Nina) and Knit (Siff) Project title: Sinner Inspiration: We took inspiration from the 7 deadly sins (Wrath, sloth, greed, lust, gluttony, envy and pride). Both from a historical point of view and also by pursuing the sins … Continue reading