The name of my project is DISTORTION, it was inspired by a sport that I have been involved in since I was a child – swimming. Swimming pools leave a lot of impressions in my memory, the one that caught my attention the most was the contact between the body and the water and what I saw in the pool. When one’s body is immersed in the water, it is visually distorted by the refraction of light and the fluctuation of the water, and the patterns on the swimming suits one wears change as a result. I have focused my entire project on this phenomenon, exploring the aesthetics of the random changes that the action of water brings to objects.
Initially, I focused my work on observing the distortion and flow that water brings to patterns and clothing, carefully recording images of the changes that occur as a result of water (e.g. by submerging objects in water or placing them behind glass bottles of various shapes). At the same time, the garments and fabrics are worn in a different way when they are soaked in water, and I get some inspiration for the structure and silhouette from this. These all led to the development of samples of fabric construction and prints. I spent more time on developing the fabric construction because it can be used not only as a decoration to embellish parts of the garment but also to help in the decision of the larger silhouette, so I think this is the most successful part.
Interception of Patterns
I experimented with prints on three different fabrics: jersey, cotton poplin and silk chiffon, the most effective I think being silk chiffon, as they are light and airy enough to be imagined floating in the water. Also, I did a lot of different twisted prints and when I layered them together in groups, the sheer chiffon fabric allowed them to have a richer visual effect.