The collaboration of different fields on interdisciplinary projects is the future, because it is within the intersections of different fields where innovation takes place. This is where the magic happens, we can bring out the best in each other and we can take our work to the next level. There’s a whole realm within these intersections waiting to be explored!
Human-centric design approach
I am convinced that it is fundamental to start from a human-centred perspective with design processes. What is the relationship between humans and design? How do they interact, react and strengthen each other?
Only when clothes are being worn on the body they communicate to their fullest extent. Why would we design on static postures if we design for human beings for whom it is essential to communicate by movement? We need to take movement and our knowledge of nonverbal behaviour into account within these processes. Start designing with our body instead of on our body’s! By doing this, the result becomes one coherent, balanced and convincing communicative being.
Integrative work ethic
Because I believe in a holistic approach, using inter conative relationships, my work translates itself into different outcomes and fields. Therefore, I work with design for wearable tech and costumes, art directions and (non-verbal) communication directions. Also, body awareness and presentation trainings are part of my work. For me, these are that intertwined that it only makes sense to combine these different elements.
Clothing and wearables are the most personal forms of design and by its values and natural position also the most intimate. This is one of the few industries in the world that actually touches your skin and occupies your personal space. It is one of the most powerful non-verbal communication tools we can use.
Over the past few decades, the relationship with our dressing has drastically changed. The practical values stayed the same but the narrative has shifted to a disposable fast product. The current fast-fashion business models are not tenable. It is imperative that we change this rather sooner than later. I believe we can do this by:
- using human centered and biomimicry design approaches
- focusing on new technologies within material development
- combining tech with textiles, using clothing as new interfaces