Hellen van Rees


Hellen van Rees


Hellen van Rees


Luke Brooks


Luke Brooks


Luke Brooks


Fashion Future

19th February 2012

The Central St Martins fashion show continued the DNA of previous years where materiality is key with more experimental and less safety and with the continuation to push the boundaries of abstracting the figure.

With some collections more successful than others, one thing that was consistent was the idea to showcase the breadth of what fashion design can be and for students to go out with an experimental 'bang'.

Various students took idea of 3D to a literal stance with over sized eye popping shapes. Personal favourites - Hellen van Rees' exploded Prince of Wales checks were striking whilst Luke Brooks's collection inspired by shipwrecks and painters palettes was a riot of colour, texture and pattern.

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Sublime Materiality

8th February 2012

Known for pushing the boundaries of materials and materiality, Icelandic Designer Sruli Recht has reached new heights in his materials with his latest collection.

From Horsetail hair satin that is made from the waste products of horse farms and hand woven at 3cm a day, to Cetacea leather that is made from bits of dolphin skin. Sourced from nets and dolphins washed up by the sea, nearly un-tannable the skin has a quality that is truly unique.

But the master piece is the knit that has been knitted from silk from the silk gland of a spider that has been placed in the milk duct of a goat.

A single filament is taken from the goat, making it one of the hardest to get fibres in the world. Using 2 skeins of silk it took 4 days to unravel the threads just to prepare for the knitting itself.

The holy grail of the textiles industry - spider silk with its attributes of being stronger than steel and kevlar but at a fraction of the weight just suggests the tipping of the scales of how synthetic biology and textiles are successfully beginning to reap rewards.













Platform 16 TABLES

3rd February 2012

The RCA work in progress show this week was an engaging mix of social considerations of technology overload, over consumption.

Change was also a key theme with projects looking to how our lives will need to change over the coming years due to new urbanization constructs, food and technology evolutions (synthetic biology) and changes in our understanding of virtual, real, magic and myth. A series of thought provoking projects there were also many that were simply striking for from, function and materiality.

One of the projects that caught my eye was by Design Products Platform 16 which took an Ikea table and asked the students to make a table out of a table and in the process make a comment on the idea of a table. Some looked to the table as a place to share and meet, whilst others looked at it as a place to consider time.

Marjan Van Aubel's 1:7 table actually made 7 tables out of one table by pushing with the boundaries of materials and materiology. Planing down the wood from the original Ikea table she has created a chemical reaction with glue that makes the wood expand to twice its size. Organic in its growth the resulting table and material takes on an entirely new form and appeal.

I also was taken by Dagny Rewera's LumienBois table that explores change and weathering in outdoor objects and the idea of at what point nature takes over and creates its own secret life.

Pulping the wood from the table and introducing a bioluminescent wood fungi - the fungi becomes the craftsmen of the object and Rewera becomes the assistant in the design process.The bioluminescent mycelium only reveals its beautiful secret when it becomes dark.

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