Strength in Vulnerability: A Lasercut Exploration
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    An exploration of textile development through lasercuting, disperse dyeing, and garment construction. Inspired by the weakness of rocks and stone… Read More
    An exploration of textile development through lasercuting, disperse dyeing, and garment construction. Inspired by the weakness of rocks and stones through the way they break. Read Less
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Traditionally, armor is about protecting our weaknesses and vulnerable features. However, there is beauty and great strength in presenting these out in the open. Intentionally, the chest and neck are left open on the garment. The idea was inspired by the way rocks, stones, mountains, and marble break at places of weakness. This creates beautiful forms and lines.
 
I incorporated these into my repeat pattern that was designed in Adobe Illustrator, which I lasercut into 4 different layers. The layers were rastered and cut on vegetable dyed leather, felted wool, crinkle texture paper, and washable leather-like paper. This was fully lined with polyester that I dispersed dyed to create a marble effect and a variation of color.
 
 
To be displayed in the Embodied Evolution Competition on May 9 2014
Modeled by Jessica Daly
 
Process:
 
Sketching & Inspiration
Lasercut
Fabric Disperse Dye
Samples
Garment Design & Construction
Final Piece:
 
Before the Layers are Cut
On the Body
Off the Body
Final 4 lasercut layers 18" x 32" before the addition of the disperse dyed polyester
Close up of final 4 lasercut layers, showing detail of rastering on the leather
Disperse dyed polyester interior
Back of vest close up, showing final 5 layers