Bulletproof Vests / Body Armour
ASPHYXIA by Gregorio Merchán
This video and song, made by a close talented musician friend were released at the same time huge urban protests were taking place in my city Bogotá. It was one of the inspirations for the "coherent design context" for my textile designs in this project. I am from Bogotá and I would have been there protesting if I wasn´t here in Scotland, safe and cosy (a bit colder and immersed in a pandemic though...but just to give you a bit of scale of the problems we face in named "third world countries" so to speak...) studying an MFA in Textile design...Designing textile prints for safeguard clothing would eventually safeguard me and my peers from the abuse of power and oblivion that implies forgetting one´s identity and empathy towards society.
Video by @joseluiscote
Soundtrack by @gregormerchan
Just like the Mola is a fragment of a protective sacred garment, the context for my textile designs is safeguard clothing. More specifically and symbolically speaking, body armours protecting civilians from abusive authorities and from preventing them from forgetting their historical memory and embracing their identity.
Carrying these armours implies lifting a heavyweight like the literal weight of these multilayered constructed garments. It also implies accepting all the layers of this conflict including your share.
Each layer is printed on a symbolical material, silk, linen, or even intricate bulletproof fabric.