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Owen, KJ (2020) MA & Other Postgraduate 2020 exhibition. Second Skin [Deconstructing the Fashion Leather Aesthetic], 24 February 2020 - 21 March 2020, Atkinson Gallery, Millfield School, Street, Somerset.. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

Second Skin [Deconstructing the Fashion Leather Aesthetic] is an ongoing practice-led research project visualising the 2D and 3D exploration of leather and suede garments. The objective of this creative photographic series is to elevate the fashion collection designed and manufactured by Kayla Owen by using experimental image making to capture and reinforce the metamorphic quality of the material, shape and texture. This chameleon-like covering, half protection and half ornamentation, is a bastion against the standardisation of appearance. From shelter to adornment and luxury, the common occurrence of animal skin products through time, attest to its enduring versatility, utility and desirability. Leather affects us indelibly with its singular texture and feel. Traditionally living as a mold, sculpted by the body’s habits which leave their mark in the memory of its folds and scratches. Conceptualising how the body’s flesh merges with the animal hide as an identity revealing second skin that defies the seasons and stays with its owner for years (until it is handed down to the next generation). The artistic and narrative intentions of the use of light was significant to represent the fusing of wearer and their attire. Flesh as fabric. Investigational representation techniques were used to evoke the material properties and cultural dimensions of leather, identifying ways in which these fashion manifestations may deviate from or hybridise a new perspective, redefine the agency of materiality and blur the human-animal relationship between our skin and our clothing. Sculptural Volume & Reconstructed Shimmer celebrate the dichotomy of our relationship with leather fashion by capturing how beautifully digital innovation can sit alongside traditional artisanal handcraft processes to create contemporary outputs.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
T Technology > TR Photography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs > GT500 Costume. Dress. Fashion
Divisions: Art & Design
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2020 08:38
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2020 08:38
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12349

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