ANIMAL: The Other Side of Evolution (fiberglass, polyester resin, 2012)
WINNER OF THE MA DESIGN AWARD 2012, LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION, UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS LONDON
WINNER OF THE ACCESSORIES COLLECTION OF THE YEAR, INTERNATIONAL TALENT SUPPORT (ITS) 2012, ITALY
The project is grounded in a unique visual interpretation of animal anatomy, building upon existing skeleton structures to create a series of sculptural pieces that appear as natural properties of the human body, suggesting strength, power and sensuality. Concepts of mutation and evolution are explored in order to develop a contemporary cross-image of human and animal, an atemporal, supreme creature, beyond past and future.
The goal was to fabricate a collection of 8 pieces of personal adornment, that would not be specifically categorised as jewellery or accessories. The idea was to step out of the traditional jewellery/accessories context in order to develop a ‘new breed’ of precious objects that can be exhibited both separately on their own and fully attached to the human body.
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. Because of this dual quality they can be considered fashion artefacts in the true sense: objects of desire, rather than just mere adornments.
photographs by Fernando Lessa
model : Anna Tatton
hair and make up : Sarah Frasca