Man vs Nature is a 2013 Forecast Textile Collection divulging the friction human beings have with nature at times, often going against what Nature 'intended'. It reminds us not to forget where we come from, and that human nature is much like what we see in Nature itself: unpredictable, fierce and beautiful at the same time. A lot of the fabrics show special treated leathers, double-sided with piercing blues and greens. One of the leathers is given a top coating, reminding us of a butterfly's cocoon but also of Rorchach's inkblots portraying human's psychological complexities. The fabrics appear extremely delicate, but at the same time sharp and structured. Feathers, smooth sturdy leathers and skins have all been dyed, treated and twisted to create a different dimension to the textiles. Porcupine spines from Mozambique have been inter-weaved with delicate textures. Fragile silks have been laser cut, some half cut to create an organic feel to it, moving far away from perfection. Much like Man and Nature itself.
Concept | Zinzi de Brouwer
My Role | Textile design, concept development and execution
Client | Ave Raza
Date | March 2012