In 2018 Jasna Bajlo entered an international wearable art competition, World Of Wearable Art, or WOW, held every year in Wellington, New Zealand. This competition is attracting designers all over the world for more than 30 years.
Each year the organizers choose six categories and ask the designer to submit their entry in one that inspired them. There are three recurring Sections; Aotearoa, Avant-garde and Open, and three Sections that are unique to that year.
After submitting, each designer has to wait for the announcement of the jury, whether their garment has been selected. There is a two steps selection. The garments that have been selected in step 2, do become finalists and get to participate in this amazing show.
photo credits: World Of Wearable Art, model: Omea Geary
The Story Of "Pleurae"Finalist of the World Of Wearable Art Competition 2018
This garment was an important part of my journey in working with leather. I wanted to explore the creation of a sculptural piece with intricate details using traditional leathercraft techniques.
I started with a story. My heroine is living in a dystopic future and she uses this garment to breathe. The garment works as an air filtration system, wearable lungs armor that help her get the oxygen.
The next step was experimenting with form. The challenge was to create panels of laminated leather that can retain shape. I wanted the create the form that breathes and has a porous quality. That was achieved through stitching the garment with a golden leather cord which added another layer of complexity.
The whole process from initial experiments to completion lasted almost 4 months.
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