I’m questioning superficial empowerment engendered by issues of beauty. I believe that empowerment should come by showing that differences can make us stronger, rather than divide. So-called female weaknesses require a change of optics. The thing we have in common is that which separates and defines us: our individuality.
Ritu – a jewellry collection informed by the female cycle – scent distributors filled with corresponding aromas. The Scent Is Transition Of The Moment – a project inspired by the sense of smell and its various facets, as well as jewellery’s intimate connection with the body.
I’m questioning political correctness and artificial perceptions of equality. The world is divided into Olympians and Para-Olympians; Miss Universes and Disabled Miss Universes; creating stronger divisions than their perceived bids for equality. The moment when my disability no longer fills a quota; when my “despite everything” achievements will no longer be seen as inspirational. When assuring me that I “don’t look like a disabled person” will not be the biggest compliment I can be paid. When the words hunchback or cripple will no longer be insults. This is the time I’m waiting for. These are the subjects I want to speak about, freely, because when you don’t “look like a disabled person,” you can’t.
The Dress For The Hunchbacked Girl is a dialogue with my own disability, an exploration of an alternate present without the corrective procedures that rendered my disability invisible. Static, long-term counter-proposition – sko! – a modified shirt with a simple elastic belt that crosses the lower back to implement micromovements into the “business style” clothing.
I’m questioning easy answers and populars methods. I don’t believe that sketching on paper or 3D modeling is obligatory. More often than not, sketching directly with my chosen materials, and learning each technique from scratch gave me better results. I think that it’s the best way to discover new paths and find new answers to a given subject. Especially when you allow yourself not to draw the object first, but to try to reach the real problem. Working on paper or by computer never gave me this freedom.
I like to work against established norms, whether they be beauty standards, sitting/defecating positions, political correctness, commercially decorative design and material waste.
Gestures – the life cycle and strength of human relations captured in a porcelain jewelry object. m e a n t i m e – a natural split, developed over many years in a tree trunk, formed a mold for a pair of beeswax clock-hands, plywood clock face, porcelain vessel… TwistOff – another bottle opener… don’t hurt your hands while you’re opening TwistOff bottle! Potentially another unnecessary object with surprising outcome. lampA – lamp project created from wooden, workshop leftovers. SHADES OF MARS – how to create unique and unrepeatable for manufacturer using repetitive techniques. Colour experiments. Looking for trends on Mars. Tempus Fugit – video – designers’ interaction with space in time.
– the proper anger [called by Empedocles The Seat of Life], is my main motivation, the strength that drives me to find better answers to my questions and hinders my sleep when I’m not working on a subject that matters.
But more than that I’m humbled; appreciative when projects fight with me, challenge me and give me more reasons to ask, to collaborate and to learn and learn and learn.
My ongoing projects have been the perception of time on many different levels, and preconceived notions of sitting. Timing, m e a n t i m e, sko!, Tempus Fugit, Gestures, Ritu… Despite these many questions, answers and comments, addressed to both time and seating, I still find myself here, sat on a chair, staring at the clock.
How do our senses affect the way we perceive the world?
How does our perception of time change day by day, hour by hour?
How does process affect form/ what is its effect on function?
I’m a multidisciplinary poetic designer, uniquely driven towards questions of function.
I’m currently looking for collaborative opportunities to learn, create and inspire through affective design.