This class offers an insight into fashion design as an expressive medium.
While later classes will include sewing and patterning, this class will be about shape, texture, and movement in design. Students are absolutely welcome to bring their sewing machines and set up shop, but we will be drawing and working primarily on design by the successful artist Nick Cave.
Nick Cave’s best-known work is the Soundsuits series, costumes that completely cover the individual’s body. They camouflage the shape of the wearer, enveloping and creating a "second skin" that hides gender, race, and class, thus compelling the audience to watch without judgment. Concepts of equality, and acceptance of all are embedded here at our studio.
The artist usually makes the Soundsuits from sisal, dyed human hair, beads, plastic buttons, wire, feathers, and sequins. He uses these everyday objects to construct an atmosphere of familiarity with the rearrangement of the objects into understandable representations of both material and social culture. The pillars of his work are mostly race, gender, and identity.
This class will be offered time and again as we construct many costumes that often liken to those of the Dogon Tribes of Africa. These will be used in subsequent performances, dances, and theatrical happenings. I am excited for many students to be part of such a culminating project so please join us!