Friday, April 11, 2008

2nd Skin: Imaginative Designs in Digital & Analog Clothing

2nd Skin: Imaginative Designs in Digital & Analog Clothing
Follow the human imagination into the 21st century with a fashion show of wearable art that also offers demonstrations of the latest trends in heated clothes, electroluminescent wire, soft circuitry, and green innovations. Artworks include Hannah Perner-Wilson and Mika Satomi's Massage me, an interactive wearable computer that allows users to play a video game and massage a friend at the same time; Takehito Etani's Masticator, headgear that gives audio-visual chewing feedback; and Yu-Shin 'Mue' Kim's fantastic knitwear, which pushes the boundaries between clothing and sculpture. In addition, local artist Sha Sha Higby will perform her exquisite and ephemeral body sculpture involving wood, silk, paper, ceramics, and gold leaf.

AND FROM THE CREAM.............
Cocoon [Collection]
cocoon /kəˈkun/ [kuh-koon] : to envelop or surround protectively; any encompassingly protective or hermetic wrapping or enclosure; insulate, cushion, encase, envelop, pad, swaddle, swathe, wrap

Garments by Scatha G. Allison for miss velvet cream
Headpieces by Esther Allison for ESTAR

In musing on the ideas of skin, the most immediate was the sensation of both protection and of the first point of contact. This duality led me to ideas of texture, translucency, armoring, firmness and ease, tension and release, elasticity and sensitivity. Camouflage and responsiveness, sensation and experience. The form of organic pods, natural elements led back ins the shape of a cocoon to protection. In the fundamental shape and form of the cocoon, translated into fabric and form, each piece will be informed and an expression of the qualities and ideas of skin and covering
For the second skin project, Esther Allison will create a collection of headwear complementing miss velvet cream’s designs. Central to the theme of the collection will be the idea of a cocoon. The pieces will envelop and nurture the head, within which our mental and psychic transformations occur.

Title: 2nd Skin: Imaginative Designs in Digital & Analog Clothing
Date: Apr 25, 2008
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Door: Wear or bring your own full-body wearable art (non-Members doing so will receive a 50% admission discount). Discounts are for April 25 only. For those who wish to make advance reservations without discount, please visit (coming soon). Admission to the event is included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium.
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Estar burst into being in 1997, when artist and designer Esther Allison first recycled her father’s old track suit into a new and improved skirt and jacket suit. Estar creates clothing and accessories with the individual in mind: each one is different, and compliments its wearer’s uniqueness.
Esther Allison : 2008

Also including the fabulous DOMINI and Bad Unkl Sista with brand new installations for the 2nd Skin show.

Everyone is encouraged to loan their personal creations to the Exploratorium for a temporary community sculpture: Loaned clothing will be hung from the museum rafters and remain suspended for three months. Get details on contributing wearable art to this Clothesline Project at (415) 561-0361.