Yuki Hagino - Sculpting Mind. This collection of garments are created using a pleating technique, in which you pleat the fabric between moulds and then you set the pleats with either heat or steam. I like the contrast between the sharp lines of the pleats and the soft surface of the cotton fabric. The texture on texture effect adds more depth to the piece. I like the monotone colour scheme as it emphasises the shape with the highlights and shadows. I find the first piece interesting as it restricts the arm movement and I find it really dramatic because of the scale. The second piece has a repeating pattern that gives good structure. The asymmetry in the third piece gives more visual interest.
Atelier XJC - X Years. These accessories are made using paper that has been cut into individual pieces which resemble scales or feathers, this simple technique with the overlapping and arrangement of the paper gives a coherent and uniform surface. The form of the paper wraps around the head to form a rounded shape, this gives a more organic shape to the piece. In the second piece, the paper weaves around the body, forming almost a background behind the head, this provides contrast between the head and the paper. In the third piece, the paper contours the shoulder and extends outwards to form a parabolic curve, the broader shoulders suggest power. The black paper reminds me of the feathers on crows and ravens.
Holland Houdek - Body Installation, Holland Houdek - Meditative/Restrictive, Holland Houdek - Reed Series. This is a series of accessories, which fit around the body. I find that the use of reeds and metal pipes remind me of rivers and the pollution in them. Up cycling these materials brings awareness to the poor state of the environment, and how the pollution is harming wildlife. The crushed pipes can symbolise anger as the are forced and mangled into that shape. In the second piece, the use of curved pipes leads the eye around the piece. The way that the reeds extend the shape of the pipes in the third piece gives it a more exaggerated silhouette that almost looks like a sketch.