The skyrocketing number of death cases, fear of the unknown and sudden death—these are the motivating factors behind this project. The project explores and portrays the spiritual world of the afterlife and death by abstracting symbolic components from reincarnation in Buddhism and Vanitas art as sources of inspiration for manufacturing a women’s wear collection.
The void is a space that is sporadically activated, yet never truly defined as a place of memory. It is reified as a domain or dimension. The relationship between body and void is that the body is the container of the soul, carrying thoughts and memories and leaving traces.
The use of animal-based bioplastics, the extrusion of fibers from agricultural waste, and the deconstruction of the material are employed to achieve the design components of Vanitas art and the aesthetics of the spiritual world afterlife. Vanitas art refers to the use of symbols, objects, or concepts that represent the transience of human life, as everything turns to dust when life comes to an end. This parallels the concepts of incarnation and the cycle of life, which have analogous characteristics and implications when juxtaposed with biodegradable bioplastics.