My project is based on a narrative which I have imagined about a radioactive planet called Nuclear Planet. Nuclear Planet is where the remaining humans will escape, after the machine induced apocalypse on Earth. I have considered every aspect of Nuclear Planet; from its extremely hazardous terrain to its genetically mutated flora and fauna.
Nuclear Planet is an escape from life for me. Personally, I am heavily influenced by colour and print and working with bright bold colours motivates me! I imagined Nuclear Planet to be a place where I would personally thrive and feel happiest, hence, the toxic greens and yellows, the sky blues and the tomato-red colour palette. I also explored Nuclear Planet’s landscape and ecosystem through print ideas. This allowed me to illustrate the planet I had imagined.
How much longer will humankind survive? Will our physical appearances change? What will be the cause of our demise? Will we be the cause of our own distruction, just as The Matrix (1999) predicted? Will we even remain on Earth? . Nuclear Planet is the place where humans take refuge, after the machine induced apocalypse.The collection was designed for the next generation of humans who have been genetically engineered to survive Nuclear Planet’s challenging environment.
Having a unique narrative has allowed me to exaggerate concepts to create an aesthetic for a science-fictional world. Human pregnancy was a strand of my research which later developed into the idea of artificial pregnancies with external wombs. In order to populate Nuclear Planet, every human must wear at least one artificial womb and be responsible for growing a new citizen. I used imagery surrounding human pregnancies to inspire silhouettes and fuctionality for garment and accessory design.
I chose to use a HAZMAT suit in this project because I imagined it to be what humans would have to wear when they first arrive on Nuclear Planet, unprotected against its high radiation levels. After geneticists have modified human DNA, creating a more resilient human, the population will need garments to enhance their performance on Nuclear Planet. I have used inspiration from a HAZMAT suit in my collection, to create a new selection of HAZMAT garments for the next generation of human, living on Nuclear Planet. The plasticy fabrication as well as the chunky gas tight zip inspired me to source materials and fastenings which had a similar feel. I sourced coloured polyurethane and PVC as well as long plastic cording.