Rhizome

Photographed by Marco Giuliano and styled by Anca Macavei.

Transposing conceptual ideas into garments. A spotlight on Joanna Prazmo’s experimental practice starring Kira, photographed by Marco Giuliano and styled by Anca Macavei.

Joanna Prazmo derives inspirations from art, philosophy and nature. She likes to transfer conceptual ideas into textiles and garments where she can experiment with different mediums and objects. Joanna completed BA education as Fashion Designer at London College of Fashion and as Pattern Designer at VIA University College in Denmark. Her style is strongly influenced by pattern making and tailoring skills with use of non traditional fabrics and raw finishing techniques.

As human beings we tend to fit everything into a specific category, even when one cannot be placed only into a specific one. Where do you see the pieces you create into the artistic and fashion fields nowadays?

Like you said it’s difficult for me to categorize my work. From the time I started my journey with fashion my approach in making clothes has changed a lot. I became more interested in sculpture which I would like to further explore through my work. I try to combine both in my collections – art and wearable pieces but at the moment they belong more to exhibition space then a closet.

The re-use and re-contextualization of daily objects is a technique seen in breaking artistic movements such as Dada and Arte povera. Did they affect your creative process, and if so, in which way?

Through reading and contact with art that embraces theme of find objects I found it very inspiring to look at everyday objects from different perspective giving them another meaning. It pushed me to explore variety of mediums which I experimented with and led me to create unexpected results. My work starts from concept and is influenced by process of experimentation which is primary to final result. Even though I have an idea of what I want to achieve in the end it always changes through the spontaneous process of making and recreating. Similarly to mentioned movements that challenged work of art as something beautiful my work challenges traditional values of beauty and glamour questioning role of fashion nowadays.

All your pieces seem to implement difficult modelling, sewing and productive techniques. How much working time does a whole body silicone piece require to be ultimated?

That really depends on a kind of garment and type of silicone I work with. In this collections I experimented with few types of silicone having different properties and curing time. There are garments which I am able to create using technique of molding in about two days. Those garments that are made from pattern pieces and constructed like conventional garments involve more sampling. One piece of clothing made within use of mixed techniques such as flat pattern making and molding might require up to two weeks time.
Speed of making garments depends much on experience. Making silicone dress for a first time took me about four weeks and was preceded by long initial experimentation with material itself. Through understanding the process of silicone molding and curing I could significantly minimise making time.

Rhizome

Credits:

Photography: Marco Giuliano / @marcogiulianoph
Styling: Anca Macavei / @ancamacavei
Styling assistant: Maria Vershinina / @diefraumarusya
Video edit: Isabel Evangelisti / @isabelevangelisti
Model: Kira at Next Models / @kira.a.official @nextmodels

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