Venus is a wearable fashion art.
Original version is Venus Dress and Interactive version is Venus Coat.
Venus is an interactive garment inspired by the Venus Fly Trap, a carnivorous plant that traps its pray in jaw-like leaves. The garment responds to infringements on “personal space”.
In default mode the collars of the garment move in gentle sinuous organic waves sending a message of enticement. However, as viewers approach and cross an invisible threshold from “public” to “personal” space, the collars snap shut, changing their orientation and color, and the whole garment is transformed into a statement of hostile rejection.

* Project Description
The American anthropologist Edward T. Hall determined the boundaries of “intimate space” at approx. 46cm [1]. According to Hall, this radius defines a zone of comfort for lovers, children, close family members and intimate friends. Infringement upon this space by those who do not belong to the intimate social circle often arouses anxiety in the individual, and at times a hostile and defensive response.
Venus is a responsive garment that materializes the boundaries of intimacy by transforming from a symbolically welcoming design to a blatantly offensive one once the boundary is crossed.
The design of the garment was inspired by the Venus Fly Trap, a carnivorous plant that traps its pray in jaw-like leaves.

*Technical Description
Venus is constructed from PVC film, 4 DC motors, 2Servo motors and wooden sticks.
The collars are built as a volumetric fan-like origami structure from Hanji paper (traditional Korean paper). This structure is used to open and close the collars. Hanji paper is particularly fibrous and elastic, and lends itself well to cloth making.
A proximity sensor is used as an actuator to trigger changes in the state of the garment.
The surface of the collars is constructed from PVC film, various kinds of studs, and white and red LEDs.
The collars have a tessellated construction with hinged elements that afford the creation of wave motion. The movement is actuated by small DC motors located under the surface of the garment.

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