Structure and Surface
Iris van Herpen's innovation in technique and materials is inspiring combining handwork techniques with digital technology .Van Herpen forces fashion to the extreme contradiction between beauty and regeneration.
She uses the woman's body as her canvas as she extends the shape of the feminine body in detail.
“For me fashion is an expression of art that is very close related to me and to my body. I see it as my expression of identity combined with desire, moods and cultural setting. In all my work I try to make clear that fashion is an artistic expression, showing and wearing art, and not just a functional and devoid of content or commercial tool.".
Ana Rajcevic's work titled "ANIMAL: The Other Side of Evolution" made form fibreglass and polyester is a unique take on the characteristics of humans and the relationship with animal anatomy. She built upon existing skeleton structures to create a series of sculptural pieces. Concepts of mutation and evolution are explored in order to develop a contemporary cross-image of human and animal.
They are not specifically jewelry or accessories.
All of the objects were handcrafted creating multi-part master molds, using gelcoat, fiberglass, resin and silicone rubber.
The pieces perform a double function: they exist as fashion objects attached to the wearer, as well as separate art works, exhibited in gallery spaces.
I find Roni Illan's work very similar to mine as the use of the head as the canvas and the restriction of sight for the wearer is very similar to my ideas. I also like the use of metal and the uncomfortable and heaviness of the look of the pieces.
Concept behind my work.
I was very keen that my head piece be reflective so that the lack of sight of the wearer and the mirror like quality for the audience to see is a comment on the way how people view themselves through others and compare and judge to try and get a clear view of themselves. When the front piece is taken back, the clear smaller piece that will be covering the face is transparent to highlight how, once that first layer of envy, conceit and shallow judgment is taken away, only then is when things become clear and we can properly see for the first time. This also deals with the issue of identity.
The way the front piece is able to be lifted reminded me of a welding helmet. It could mimic the way that a helmet protects you, so does this front mirrored piece. Letting the wearer hide behind it.
The sculptor Cindy Debold also deals with women's identity and this piece in particular shows how women often seem to lose who they are in their early teens and seem to capture it again and find themselves. Finding yourself when you left back the front piece is an important message I want to portray in my own work.
Making a mini model of my work was really useful to me to configure how to put together the design and how it will fit on the body and look as a piece of jewellery.
I made the band out of metal sheeting, and spot welded it together, then out of transparent acrylic (a suitably light material) I made the front face guard. I glue gunned these pieces together. Ideally the headpiece would have been made out of clear acrylic too and they would have been attached stongly. The other reflective pieces were simply made out of card as the metal was firstly not reflective enough for what I was trying to achieve and I thought it would be way too heavy for the head to support. Ideally they would have been made out of mirrored acrylic (too expensive for me to afford) or actual mirror (although this may be too heavy) and then riveted onto the headpiece so that the front was flexible around a point.
The sculptor John Bisbee's creations I think have a close link with the aesthetic I would want to create. The metal and harsh quality to the atmosphere of them is really interesting. He uses metal in all his work and his mantra is "only nails, always different". Interesting how he sees such visions and creates such beautiful, different works of art out of the same material.