– In this collection, I explore material’s possibility to shape the boundaries of the body. At the beginning of the project, I made a self-invented chair, which I ended up using as a tool to discuss the dynamics of space, movement or the lack of it, and the sensory experience in wearing a garment, Susanna Saarikko explains her MA-collection Since chair.
Saarikko combines experimental way of working was with a desire to shape already existing materials, found, or received. She explores garment making using sculptural methods. At the beginning of the project, Saarikko made a self-invented chair, which she ended up using as a tool to discuss the dynamics of space, movement or the lack thereof, and the sensory experience of wearing a garment.
– My experimental way of working was combined with my desire to shape already existing materials. By eagerly observing the material and its potential, the result is based on a continuous dialogue with the garment.
Saarikko says that the body of the wearer sculpts the garment. Soft materials and airy filling are wearer-friendly and by contrast, tulle against the skin the opposite. The garments return the wearer to the physical, surrounding reality, just as the chair positioned her from the role of designer to the role of the wearer.