Making of the Screen (Part II)
I like to use silkscreen prints because my concept is about repeating images, much like the military look of it’s namesake. The patterns are combined in wallpaper, fashion, plates and accessories, and furniture so that they all blend into one and disappear.
The story of the camouflage couture idea is as follows:
I had started a degree in Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna but never finished because I moved to Italy for several years and had a family. When I separated from the father of my children, I returned to Vienna and wanted to study fashion design. For the entrance exam we had to chose a theme, and do a fashion collection, so I chose ‘fashion for the housewife’. My designs worked with the fact that the woman of the house has historically been seen as a sort of household object; looking nice, perfect body, being sexy and speaking rarely. So, I thought the perfect clothing to go with this idea of the ‘housewife’ could be pieces that make her disappear; they would be the same color and print as the tiles in the bathroom, or as the sheets on the bed, all blending into one.
I now use these designs with wallpapers, home textiles, and fashion articles; all the things that we use to make our homes and lives perfect. The idea was to show the perfect home, swallowing the perfect housewife with her perfect husband, and make them ridiculously invisible so that they become accessorized by their wish to be seemingly perfect people.
This video shows how the layer of photo-sensitive liquid is put onto the screens for silkscreen printing.
Later the screens are exposed to UV light with the pattern lying underneath. I will be showing all the printing process in a new video soon.
Music by Bunny Lake, song: “Twisted Forever”.
Filmed by Thomas Koppler, www.visual-elegance.at.
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