THE CONCEPT OF “A SEDUCTIVE STILL LIFE” IN THIS PROJECT AIMS TO REVERSE THE IDEA OF THE TRADITIONAL FLORAL PAINTING FEMINISING THE HOME TOWARDS A DISCOURSE ABOUT FEMALE SEDUCTIVE POWER THROUGH SCULPTURAL LEATHER-HAND CRAFTED PIECES. ORCHIDEAL REFERENCES ACT BOTH AS A METAPHOR OF FEMALE SEDUCTIVINESS AND REFERS TO THE GENERA AS WELL. THE SEXUAL STRATEGY AND MORPHOLOGY OF PHALAENOPSIS, CATTLEYA AND CYMBIDIUM SPECIES RESULTED AN EFFECTIVE VEHICLE TO EMBODY EMPOWERING POLITICIZED FEMININITY. IT DICTATED DESIGN DECISIONS TO BUILD A “SENSORIAL” JOURNEY ACROSS THE COLLECTION. MY GOAL IS TO SEDUCE THE EYE AND CREATE A MAGNETIC CONNECTION BETWEEN THE OBJECT AND THE AUDIENCE, AT THE SAME TIME OF EXPLORING THE FASHION ACCESSORY WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE HOME AND THE BODY. SO, How can artefacts reflect a contemporary notion of politicized femininity through orchids, crafts and surface design? This research question led the whole theoretical and practice-based exploration of the project.

Volcano Queen

Artefact nº2 - the lure of scent

Swallowing pollination, the false reward

Artefact nº4

The tactile experience - DAY

Artefact nº3 - explosion of goldwork, WET RED and HAIRY TEXTURES

Striking colors, dizzing patterns

Artefact nº1 - marquetry in lamb nappa leather

A journey across the senses

Artefacts nº3, 5 and 6

Orchids as a metaphor of female seductiveness

Artefacts nº1, 2 and 5

Volcano Queen

Artefact nº2 - the swallowing neckpiece with a central perspex layer and embedded amber gemstones

The Hunt for a Seductive Still Life

The tactile experience - DAY

Artefact nº3

Dangerous Allure

Artefact nº6

The tactile experience - NIGHT

Artefact nº5 - monochromatic textures (padding, tufting, gold work, dripping resin)

A tale of attraction and the experience of Beauty through orchids, crafts and surface design

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