The hidden, invisible, unknown and not yet seen have always allured me more than the obvious. I think that generally the invisible is more important than the visible, however one can’t exist without the other and part of the magic of, for example, lingerie is that it’s underneath the visible layers of garments. The closest, most intimate layer to our body, the tactile sensuality of simultaneously being dressed and undressed.
What I often see in lingerie stores and sewing workshops is an extreme shortage of environmentally aware approach in the choice of textiles, as if there is no choice. We live amongst abundance of material resources and by-products of various industries, but still so old fashioned when it comes to lingerie production, supporting production of synthetic fibers, as polyester , made from a non-renewable resource, requiring an energy intensive production process. Cotton is the most widely used natural bre in the world. It is a global commodity and hard to trace. It uses land, large quantities of water and is o en grown using insecticides. An alternative fiber such as virgin silk is an old-fashioned solution because it subtly signifies that the designer considers himself superior to other life forms, when we live in the world of growing population of vegetarians and vegans.
This is a good moment to ask myself, what does it actually mean and how would that feel to consciously come a step closer to my ability as a designer to be in touch with my sensual and soft self and my inner allure through a conscious material surface?