My source of inspiration is Foucault’s "Words and Things". Through this book I have explored the illusionary space between the real world and utopia and it reminds me that the symptoms of autism are like being trapped in a difficult space. I Took this connection between the two state of minds and developed it into the theme for my clothing.
Foucault’s has taught me to understand that there is still a kind of illusionary space in the world called heterotopia, which reminds me of the symptoms of autism. When autism attacks, the patient feels like they're trapped in a seemingly withdrawn and transparent space. High-pressure living environments often cause us to produce behaviours similar to autism, such as an unwillingness to communicate and only communicating with others that live in the space we have established. I hope to reflect these social issues by exploring the relationship between clothes and the human condition.
The existence of heterotopia is to realise our dissatisfaction with society and dreams of escapism. Ectopic disease can emerge unexpected and unconnected to the spaces we are familiar with. The ectopic disease described in Foucault’s "Film and History" reminds me of autism, which is a disease caused by brain development disorders. When sick, patients may suddenly fall into their own world and hide in a corner, as if trapped in a transparent space.
We often live in stressful environments with a tendency similar to autism. At this time, our psychological state seems to be in a strange equilibrium limbo of tendancy. This feeling of being trapped in a tangible empty space, hovering between reality and fantasy has transformed my experience into an inspirational theme for my clothing design, hoping to transform the apparel into a unique independent space and distinguish it by colour.
Inspired by the connection between Foucault's "Words and Thing" and autism. Foucault mentioned the heterogeneity between real space and utopia (fictional space), which is both real and illusory. Ectopic disease can merge many unconnected spaces and sites into one real place, which is similar to the enclosed space formed by patients during autism, so I treat each set of clothing as an independent space. The colours represented by each space also symbolise different emotions. I hope that clothing and people are connected, but they can be separated at any time.