Your collection is inspired by the ‘rhizome’ philosophy, which suggests that many things in the world are consistent and ‘rhizomatically’ interconnected, even though omnipresent connections are often invisible for human eye. How does this peculiar and interesting notion come in contact with your pieces?
‘Rhizome’ is a very interesting and complex philosophy which became a starting point of my collection that inspired use of wide range of materials and objects I worked with.
Philosophy draws from examples from molecular biology, botany, evolution, linguistics, psychoanalysis, politics, music and even more. Following this concept my research was expanded into fields of botany, microbiology and genetics where I found interesting connections. For example use of insects in my collection was inspired by research in mutualism between plants and their pollinators. Term commonly known which refers to association between two organisms in which each individual benefits from the activity of another. This evolved further into looking closer at insects’ DNA and genetics of fruit fly among others. Analysis of fruit fly visual system inspired one of my porous textures. Use of metal knitmesh and computer parts was a result of my research in microbiology which led me to discover potential of slime mold as a computing power. Their coexistence creates visually inspiring image which influenced my experimentation and final choice of materials. Through the process of making I don’t stay entirely attached to my inspiration theme. I allow my ideas to evolve, intertwine and surprise me.
Are there any “classic” fashion designers you are looking at with particular appreciation?
I admire Yohij Yamamoto for his consistent vision in fashion yet innovative approach and Demna Gvasalia for bringing freshness and change into fashion industry that was awaited for so long.
Do you already have a leading theme for your next collection? What are your plans for the immediate future?
This time my concept will be less abstract and will refer to subject of physical disability. I would like to present my collection in a different way as I used to. I want my work to touch important often forgotten subjects in fashion. Fashion is changing and it needs to change even more and become open and relevant to the real world.
Experimentation with materials involved in next collection is more complex and requires longer preparation time. I’m in the process of gaining skills that will help me turn my ideas into life.
I am also planning to continue my education as a fashion designer on MA Degree.
I am open to awaiting opportunities, I’ll see what future brings.