What happens if we are suddenly stripped away from bodily functions that provide the mobility we are used to? How would we adapt to normative social behaviours? What if we were born outside of knowing what “normative” mobility is, how do we then adapt to designs and products that have been made for the mass? And what if the designs of these items never change because we excluded outsider perspectives?
These questions parallel the challenges of the mass manufacturing fashion industry. If garment production continues to move at the current speed, we could potentially forget the more engaging possibilties of design to suit our changing human needs. By examining outsider perspectives on the human body, this exploration looks at challenging concepts of restriction and uniformity by designing a perspective about opening up notions of limitations and conformity in clothing movement created by tradition.
Lygia Clark’s mobius strip art series serves as an inspiration for engagement in design. “When Clark abandoned the production of the art object, she used the Möbius strip as a metaphor for a new start — a new start that was paradoxically without beginning or end, inside or outside, front or back… For Clark, the radical new space of the Möbius strip called for new forms of production and communication impossible to explore within traditional artistic categories and practices.” (Osthoff, 2004). The following explorations look at the importance of hand and finger engagement as a channel for both functional and creative processes, but also for their importance in garment fastenings and closures.
Osthoff, S. (23 November 2004). Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica. [online] Available at: http://www.leonardo.info/isast/spec.projects/osthoff/osthoff.html [Accessed 3 Apr. 2015].