Skin Graph questions the practice of tailoring and poses operative strategies that inscribe the personality of the individual directly into the garment. We articulate our bodies through space and time. This movement is fundamental to the nature of the garment. Posture=Personality, a presence extending beyond the depth of our skin. Skin Graph allows the individual to take control in creating their bespoke contour pattern, through articulation and expression of their desired body movements. Like skin, the essence of time is recorded; a second skin is generated as a representation of oneself. Both the physical and the emotional factors of personality are inscribed into material; the second skin can displace and resonate, a mapping of memory and potential. Skin Graph offers a creative platform for individuals to upload their digital representations. The 3D topographical data can be manipulated through generative and evolutionary design techniques, in the pursuit of systemic design applications that are based on the physical performance of the individual. These designs are realised through rapid prototyping techniques.
Laura Michaels MA, Fashion/Hybrid designer
Curiosity drives me to create innovative designs. The main facet of my work is the exploration of the bridge between fashion and architecture. I utilise multiple disciplines to question contemporary fashion and the concept of trend. Focusing on body form, anatomy, physical and psychological behaviour of the wearer, I manipulate designs to encourage the inscription of the individual’s personality.
Karl R Kjelstrup-Johnson AA dipl, Architectural/Hybrid designer
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