Potassium aluminum sulfate, silicone, cotton gauze
About the Piece:
Beth grew alum salt, through both evaporation and cooling methods, into a crystal cocktail dress.
Nature builds and decays: it is always in flux. When we create a product we deem it either “complete” and ready to be sold or “broken” and ready to be sent to the dump, where it will remain broken. We have a lot to learn from nature’s blurry lines. Nature knows when to build in reaction to stimuli; nature knows how to repair rips, tears, holes; and nature knows how to reabsorb its products and later rebuild them into something more necessary. It makes sense to create a fashionable piece in a material that does not last, as the style will not last. Fashion is by definition fleeting and so its materials should also be. In fashion, styles are reabsorbed and reframed: it makes sense to make them out of materials that do the same.
About the Collection:
Beth wonders why it is that we are comfortable wearing cow, but uncomfortable wearing other materials like hot glue, chia, and crystal. She manipulates the materials that we are comfortable in, and tames the ones we are not. Is there an optimum level of familiarity with a material for our comfort level? If we are not at all familiar with a material we are uncomfortable wearing it, and if we know too much about a material we are also uncomfortable wearing it. We reside in that happy medium between no familiarity and uber-familiarity by readily adopting the norms around us, rejecting the unfamiliar, and not asking questions.
Process photos : Dickson Chow (http://dicksonchow.com/)