Thursday 12 July 2012

Living Couture

Iris van Hersen vision of future is outstanding, design has evolved. Her method combines fine handwork techniques with futuristic digital technology, to create incredible pieces that become alive with the body's interaction. To achieve this she turn to "living  technology", biologic machinery or synthetic biology if you prefer. Technology allows Iris to build her work, the concept of creating from scratch is applied literally, giving life to unique shapes and textures.

The collection is as alive as the body that carries each piece, it moves along; the future defies the known on silhouettes and gravity. Enveloping the body around it's natural shapes, making it sensual; the skill level Iris proves is extraordinary, the way she makes the materials surrender to her will, forging new textures. One of my favourite pieces was the MRI's 3D printed dress, picturing the layering of the hips as the images grow together; I loved the way it build defining volume and texture into the dress. This collection will take you into a journey, a glimpse of what the future of applied technology to design holds, the new era of design maybe? I personally, have been tantalised by the vision.

"The materials Iris applied to this collection are: mirrored copper sheeting, metallic coated stripes, UV-­‐curable Polymer,  silicone lace, Swarovski crystals, acrylic transparent sheets and Ecco leather. Iris also   introduced a technique referred to as 'Mammoth Stereo lithography' which refers to a method involving  3D printing. This 3D printed process is built slice by slice from bottom to top, in a vessel of polymer that  hardens when struck by a laser beam. The colours of this collection are: black, dark red, dark blue, metallic aubergine and transparent  amber."

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