The collection started with my motivation to study and think about the ultimate definition of persona satisfaction- Eudaimonia. We all spend time day by day forming relationships. Within what reasonable boundary can such personal life satisfaction be maximized without infringing on others’ boundaries? The message I present is ironically to be more concerned with each other. Waterman, the author of the famous psychology paper “Two Concepts of Well Being” describes the concept of eudaimonia in the term of personal expression, meaning that each individual finds his or her true self according to their values and purposes. Through research phases, I started to understand how humans seek their wellbeing by excluding uncomfortable truths that they deny facing and defend utilitarianism.
We are human beings who exist in the ambiguous community of a society. I would like to actively criticize the moment when apathy towards each other turns into cruelty in modern society. In the collection, symbolic shapes of ‘squares’ that represent individuals and the community are shown in two different categories. First, identical sizes but subtly different small squares hand-painted and positioned on textiles. They are colored with high saturated tones, using acrylic paints and 'thermo-pigments'. Second, the silhouettes contain angled square shapes, and composed of the unique discoveries that I figured out through experiments. Complicate patterns and pleats that create 3D structured shapes are the characteristics of the garments. Contradict to the high saturated squares that represent individuals, grey and low saturated color base symbolize aloofness society. I focused on adding depth to the textile by layering the fabrics, furthermore each fabrication with different paints, fabric dyes, and pigments. I could reach the point that the glance of the silhouette breath itself.
In order to convey my message, I set up the device that needs ‘attention and time’ in order to discover a certain value in my collection. Only by wearing it or touching it, and give a close look at the garment, finally the values (special colors) adherent and glows. They can never be noticed unless you take ‘attention’. The eager outcomes I want to gather throughout this collection are the emotions of the audiences after the reaction. Through those emotions, both wearers and the engaging audiences became the active performer to imagine the future of our society, resulted in discovering the value behind. Emotions are borderless and expect less.
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I'm Chaeyoung Lim who just graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York in May.
Perhaps the present situation makes us imagine life and death, has given me the time to be desperate for my pursuits in the fashion design field.
Clothes aren't something you can only see in museums but are wearable arts that people wear. From now on, I will actively send message to the society that people can sometimes be sympathized with, and sometimes could be inconvenient with.
They will be raw, simple, and aesthetic.
Ultimately, these artistic activities will help those who need attention.