‘Distorting comfort’ examines the notions of the tension between skin, body, and our daily home surroundings. It aims to push the idea of feeling comfortable while finding comfort in discomfort
Starting my research process with an exploration into home life and soft furniture led me to question the idea of comfort. I began investigating the relationship that people have with their bodies and the clothes they put on, the inherent tension between our bodies and the clothes. Through draping, I aimed to emphasize how object dominates the subject in the modern world yet showcase the conversation between the two.
Inspired by the abstract works of Erwin Wurm, Bart Hess, and Jessi Reaves, I began to interrogate the relationship between the body, materials, and our daily surroundings. Looking at textiles and creases seen on the furniture pieces after sitting became a focal point in my research. The idea of tension in relation to the human body, furniture, and upholstery leaving marks on our skin and vice-versa has been a ‘red thread’ throughout this project.
Another key reference was the work of Frederick Kiesler, ‘Endless House’, which he compared to a cocoon – ‘endless like the human body— there is no beginning and no end.’ By applying his approach to fashion design, I gained a new perspective on constructing the silhouette of my pieces.
Through experimentation with applying liquid latex on both natural and synthetic fibers, I designed textiles which reevaluate the idea of biodegradability and add meaning to the otherwise discarded materials.