Thursday 6 July 2017

MAF van der Vloed - FASHIONCLASH Festival 2017

Bodily at Fashion Makes Sense LAB at FASHIONCLASH Festival 2017

'Bodily' is the MA Fashion Artefact - masters project by Dutch designer Anne Fleur van der Vloed. This intriuging project is a personal story about chronic pain. 

"My final collection is autobiographical. I have lived with chronic pain in my neck, shoulders and back for over ten years. In my research and from personal experience, I found that chronic pain can often take over the identity of people with the condition. I translated my experience of chronic pain into six bodily sculptures."

The pieces represent translations of the artist’s personal experiences with chronic pain. She has been living with pain in her neck, back and arms for over ten years, without any medical specialists being able to provide an explanation of the pain’s origin, or being able to relief her of the pain. Managing the pain, and not allowing the pain to become the artist’s identity is the one thing artist can do.

The various sculptures’ aspects like size, colour and usage of different materials each refer to a different human attribute. For example, when it is cold outside and the artist’s body become stiffer, the pain is worse. This is translated into larger and more complex sculptures. In addition, the sculptures’ colours represent the skin tones during different time periods.

Photography Team Peter Stigter

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