Sticky Fingers – An Act of Matter

by Inge Vaandering (NL), fashion

The dialogue between human and object is an important subject in my work. I start from the character of the material, enhancing the tactile traits of the matter - which can be really soft or sticky, or responsive to light and shadow. These traits lead to the shapes of the silhouette.

The eyes of the skin by the architect JuhanI Pallasmaa is a text that explains how we use our senses and underlines the dominance of the eye. To me, it was an explanation of how I look at the use of our senses. It made me want to question the role of our senses even more. I’m interested in shifting focus from sight to a more bodily perception, which, at this point, mostly includes (the idea of) touch and sound. The magical realist works of painter Pyke Koch are a great source of inspiration for me. By using, for example, a different stance than usual he draws attention to the atmosphere or tactility of the painting and pulls the viewer out of reality for a bit. Something is a little bit off or unusual. Although its mostly visual, the tactility of the objects or figures in the paintings are very present.

In my collection you find shapes that are often inspired by the simple and functional labor, home, and evening wear from the olden days. The materials used are either quite unusual or more neutral. Fabrics like cotton velvet are dyed and manipulated - inspired by circus and burlesque. Pieces of wool, treated with latex rubber, are crafted in a poncho. Thin paper is glued to cheesecloth and shaped as a parka, which is providing a pleasant noise.

By using imagination and everyday images I try to find tension between garments, objects and people which should lead to a more imaginative and conscious perception of our feelings and surroundings.

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Pulling us out of reality for a more imaginative and conscious perception of our feelings and surroundings

OBJECT : simplicity, or ‘eenvoud’ in Dutch. Staged picture of MDF with traces of use. Relation between materials, shape and light makes the object more important.

SERENITY : Spaces you can see through - maybe you’re not thinking of these as actual spaces but still they give the serenity of a space. The suggestion of being able to go inside.

MERGING IN DAILY LIFE : This price tag on the fabric is made with more care than other price tags I have seen. It’s almost like it belongs to the fabric.

SELF MADE TEXTILE DESIGN : I like the illusion created by the combination of the fabric and the technique. They strengthen each other’s characteristics.

In this picture I like the expression of the clothing. It almost seems too static to be worn. The duo could be persons as well as statues, would the picture have been painted in black and white.

Self-made miniature heads that could possibly replace human models. They remind me of gargoyle heads. Can’t these be alive as well?

MERGING IN DAILY LIFE : People meeting each other outside in the real world but they look like they are staged to belong together at that spot. They become just as important as the objects around them.

Partly self-staged, partly influenced by the behaviour of the object itself. I can see the shape of movement or life in this picture.

MERGING IN DAILY LIFE : The big metal mechanical claw destroying these fragile flowers. To me the knowledge that these flowers were planted by humans and thus not entirely natural, makes it less sad.

RITUAL : In this picture I feel passion, movement, tactility, sound, expression. A total experience is going on. It is not only about looking.

Questioning the role of our senses, I’m shifting focus from sight to bodily perception

MAGICAL REALISM : The figure pictured is on the edge of either being human or creature. Realistic and unrealistic. The distinction between human and object is minimised.

[Koch, Pyke. The Contortionist. Amsterdam: Stedelijk museum, 1955]

RITUAL : Laura fixing her pants that rip up time after time. The hours spent mending these pants make them very personal. The soul shifts from maker to object.

MERGING IN DAILY LIFE : My friend in a toile I made, doing her own work. The neutrality that arises, while the dress is so dramatic, brings an interesting context.

Tactility: This portrait hardly says anything about age or gender. Everything looks neutral and almost non-human. What gives away that it is in fact a person is that it depicts one but the tactility is totally different.

Photography
Laura Luca

Video
Vladimir Vidanovski

Visual director
Maarten Spruyt

Assistant
Ivor Borovecki

Music
Joep Beving

Dream a Little of Me

by Tony Ta, fashion

For Generation Z somehow screens seem to have taken over the role of caretaker

Stephen Tennant: A socialite, part of the elite from the past. People who were from the elite were also people others looked up to because they wanted to be them or be part of their circle. The power they showed off to influence people with. Now you can see this phenomenon again with idols and influencers on social media. The power to sell an image of a specific body type, way of dressing, products etc. Same power, different time area.

@itscamworld: The instagram boy of the moment. The good-looking influencer, his way of posing, his way of dressing, all hyped-up, The kind of boy that girls and boys are looking up to and idolise.

Calvin Klein ad Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin: 2 big celebrities with huge influence on teenagers. Posing in little clothing to show off their great physique. The ideal image… - teenagers think this is how they should look.

Yutha Yamanaka : Reaching out to something you can’t touch or have because everything happens behind a screen.

Everything for the gram: Nudity and less clothing has become the normal on social media to attract the attention of the viewer - sex sells.

Meticulously observing social media behavior of teenagers, presenting themselves way more mature due to our over-sexualized media culture

Online identity is simply performance

Doppelgänger, 2017. John Reuss: Representation of the mind how teenagers want to become a specific person. The Ideal. Slowly they become like clones of each other. You can see it in the way they all follow each other.

This Image represent that this phenomenon only last for a short period of time. It’s just a certain part of their life. They grow into it and then out of it again.

These powers to impress and influence are reminiscent of Stephen Tennant, a famous socialite of the 1920’s who through his decadent and flamboyant lifestyle was perceived “The Brightest of the Bright Young People” and as such a huge inspiration to me.

The Dreamers : A movie that is a part of the inspiration. The 3 main characters are recreating movie scenes and they have to guess which movie it is. If they’re not able to it they have to perform a sex-related punishment. It’s nice because they have the freedom to have a childish mindset but on the other hand the punishments tell something different.

Models
Dylan Kraayenhagen (Models Rock Agency)
Jan Dijkhuis ( Brooks modeling agency)
Timo Tiffert
Dawoon Jung

Makeup & hair
Melanie Foëh / Corine Hamel

Graphic Design
Marcos Kueh

Photography
Laura Luca

Video
Vladimir Vidanovski

Visual director
Maarten Spruyt

Assistant
Ivor Borovecki

Music
Darkstar

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