Could You tell us the concept behind this water piece?
Crystallization. Chaos shaft structure. Amsterdam Fashion Week, show July 2010.
Jan Benthem and Mets Crouwel, from Benthem Crouwel Architects, asked me to design a dress inspired by the new city museum, which they called 'the bathtub'. As a reaction to their bathtub, I designed a dress that embraces the body like a warm bath. This became the vision and the beginning of this water piece for Joey. What fascinates me most about water is the transformation from liquid to solid chaos structure. The fact that a totally transparent and fluid material hides a secret structured pattern of lines which, so it seems, only comes to life when frozen, thus when crystals are formed. Only then will the symmetry and structure become visible. In one form it's water, soft and fluid as a warm bath, and as ice it's hard and mathematically structured into crystals.
What inspired you to create the crystallization collection?
My goal for this clooection was chaos as structure. I am fascinated by the fact that there are secret lines hidden in totally transparent and liquid material. Life appears at the moment of freezing, when crystals form. Only then does the underlying symmetry and structure become visible. In the transformation of water into crystal, I find the liquid chaos, which evolves into a solid, architectural structure, which became my inspiration for this 'Crystallization' collection. I am fascinated by the secrets and invisibility of water, in particular the antithesis of structure and chaos, so I took this as the foundation of my collection. Imagine the transformation of water to crystal, soft and fluid as water, as opposed to hard, mathematical structures such as ice crystals. This process I translated visually, but also in the design process. Seeming chaos to structured precision.
How did you capture the water splashing and turn it into the water piece?
I bought a few books with pictures of water, really nice. I researched the forms of falling and splashing water. Then I did a lot of experiments with different techniques. I found out that PET G works the way I wanted. I melt the material with a heat blower into the shapes that I want, then I form it with tiny pliers.
What was your biggest challenge in making it?
Well, it is totally unpredictable. So in the end I make like ten times the object that it is in the end, because most things go wrong. Then I start again. So I never know exactly how the material will react. Sometimes it suddenly gives little bubbles, or something else happens.
Joey looked radiant, brillant on stage wearing your water piece. People were positively overwhelmed by the water piece when Joey stepped onto the stage. How did you feel when you saw it on her? What kind of image do you want to project to the audience?
I felt very honored and proud that she wore the piece that I designed, it looked very cool! I want to show the strong and independent personality of Joey within her unique concert that she is giving to the people
What is particularly impressive about the water piece is its strong silhouette, yet it is physically very brittle. Was the contrast intentional or experimental? (Is it true that you originally made two pieces, one that Joey wore at her concert, and another that broke?)
The-contrast of the strong and fragile look was intertional, because water has something very strong and fragile as well. Also the contrast of movement and stillness was important to suggest in the piece. And it is true, I made two pieces, the other one broke in transit. That was a very big disappointment for me, because I had spent so much time on it, and it is impossible to make the same one again.
So it took you almost a month to make the water piece. From concept to production, which part did you spend most time on?
Production, because I made a lot of shapes that did not work out the way I wanted.
At the moment, what kind of materials do you have in mind that you want to try most?
we are experimenting in NY with flexible polyamide and differnet finishings on it, very interesting!