With this research project, I want to gain insight into future perspectives on our skin. More specifically, I am interested in how skin functions in constructing and exhibiting identity and in what ways it will relate to technology and the wearer. In my research I introduce three skins which all present new approaches to dressing the body.
To create these new skins, technology has to intervene in fashion. Therefore my research starts with explaining how the field of wearable technology is maturing, so as to learn more about creating successful products for it. In this context, I discuss the references we have to technology, how the field is structured and what new roles wearable technology can create for the wearer. This part of the research also takes the perspective of the skin and how it can become the interface of technology.
With the results of the research I present three new types of bodies I have come to recognize; The Alchemist body, The Deformist body and The Indigenist body. Also I translated the outcomes of the research into a concept product which answers the research. It is a cosmetic product that you apply and in first instance don't see. During the day it reacts to the substances of sweat, which all tell something about the status of your health.
During my internship at trend agency Trendslator, owned by Hilde Roothart, I have contributed to the realisation of her trend book ‘MOOD’. Part of my pursuits where trend research, image editing and photographing. Next to this I have written several articles for the company's website Trendslog.nl, created trend presentations and assisted during workshops.
In assignment of kleine fabriek Amsterdam trade fair, I created a trend presentation for their trade fair in July 2012. The goal of the project was to inform the visiting buyers and shop owners on the latest trend in children’s lifestyle, fashion and retail design. This project consisted out of a trend book I made together with a corresponding exhibition.
Quotes from a paper written with the goal to explain why African fashion systems are more modern then Western fashion systems. They are more sustainable due to their ongoing tradition in dressing and also their contemporary preferences in fashion. It’s written in the context of an assignment given during my studies, after a lecture series on different aspects of fashion cultures.