Pathogen is a project that came about through an ever-growing concern for the environment and how humanity seems to be standing in the way of any solution to counteract our impact on the environment by reproducing at an unstoppable pace. The world population reached 7.3 billion in 2015, that means more than double the world population in 1960 (3.036 billion) and it keeps increasing by over 140 people every minute, the equivalent of the population Los Angeles and Chicago combined each month!
Such indiscriminate breeding makes humans seem like a virus on grander scheme, growing like bacteria, annihilating everything that stand in our way; a pathogen.
With the concept in mind I wanted to create a stool from wood that symbolized the structure of nature and our dependency on it. And from the stool a bacteria would sprout like humanity has done across the globe. Erratic clusters of embroidery and pearls represent how humans prefer to grow in cluttered areas where they communicate and feast off each other. The medium of embroidery and pearls were selected to represent humanity for the symbolic decadence and beauty, just like humans tend to beautify their surroundings whilst disregarding their consequences. The patches of needlework and pearls are then embroidered directly into the wood through drilled holes echoing the irreversible consequences of humanity’s greed.
The project although charged with a political message explores new techniques which combine two parallel worlds within the design, product design, and fashion design. Investigating the language of the piece through a couture perspective was quite unique and ambitious.
Exhibited at London Design Fair at TENT being held at The Truman Brewery
With more than 800,000 tons of waste generated by the leather industry worldwide each year, leather specialist Alma has looked for a creative and collaborative solution. Teaming up with six designers, the brand commissioned each to transform this leather ‘waste’ into iconic design pieces, each presented at Alma’s White Chapel factory.
Rocko is a sweet monster covered in fringe that rocks back and forth when mounted. He is the epitome of my perpetual obsession with infantilism and whimsy. Rocko's furry body was created by mimicking traditional 'piñata' making techniques to commemorate the fact that 2015 is the year of Mexico in the UK His playfulness extends to the core of his creation since his prime material is leather and in a cookie manner, he is a reconstructed bovine-like creature.
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