The concept surrounding my second topic named scarification has developed from an inspirational set of photographs’ which have been published online and discussed; named ‘the scar project’. Powerful, strong individuals whom reflect upon their previously traumatic and unique experiences portray their energy and determination through black and white self portraits. The scars left indicate what has happened and transmit messages of self identity. Scars leave personal stories, and sometimes they are revealed and enhanced by tattoos/body art which individuals feel is pertinent to their self discovery.
Further research has led my interest into ethnic traditions within eastern cultures such as Africa. Thus, tribal influences have inspired my development within the traditional process of scarification where an individual’s body is used as a canvas for expressing their cultural identity, community status, connection to ancestors or gods. Their long history of tattooing has originated from the translation ‘tatau’, meaning to mark. The painful process was practised traditionally by Maori men of New Zealand until the 1870’s where patterns were chiselled into the skin, created a raised, scared surface on the skin.
The concept of scaring the skin has leaded my development of ideas towards the textures that are formed which look ‘leather like’ and uneven, also deformed. On the other hand however, western culture has taken scarification with a new obsession whereby it is safely practised. Iconic individuals such as French artist Orlan whom ‘played’ with her face and body whilst fighting with the concept of beauty, conscious during surgery. Orlan has been influenced by the traditions of the eastern culture, combined with western art and has created inspiring pieces which create impact through mood and colour. I intend to research African culture further and the traditions of tribal art with explorations into the impact of colour, movement, mood and form to create an exciting innovative platform.
• THE NATURAL LANDSCAPE OF THE MAORI TRIBE IN ROTANA HAS INSPIRED THE EARTHY TONES AND HUES FOUND IN THE COLOUR PALETTE, INSPIRED BY RAW, NATURAL TEXTURES AND MATERIALS
• A LIBERATING, EMPOWERING MOOD INSPIRED BY THE FEMALE POWER IN EASTERN CULTURES WHICH HAS INFLUENCED THE TARGET CUSTOMER OF THE COLLECTION
• LEATHER FABRICS HAVE BEEN MANIPULATED AND DISTORTED WITH THE APPLICATION OF HEAT TREATMENTS WHICH REFLECTS THE SCARIFICATION PROCESS THAT IS APPLIED TO SKIN – THE TEXTURES, AND SURFACE HANDLE HAVE INSPIRED THE FABRICS SOURCED IN THE COLLECTION
• TRIBAL CULTURE HAS INSPIRED THE COLLECTINS THEME, MOOD AND COLOUR WHICH COLLECTIVELY CREATES A STRONG, BOLD AND LIVELY LOOK