Project by: Carmen Aguilar y Wedge & Marina Pujadas Ferre
Wisp is traditionally defined as a floating ball of light. The garment designed for a workshop on wearable technologies is a dialog between fabric, movement and light.
The dress was made to transform the wearer into its own light source. Created for Burning Man, an "off the grid" festival, where dark desert nights require each participant to be sufficiently lit. Currently, the only options are bright LEDs. Wisp is a simple, elegant alternative, designed with the user and viewer in mind. The dresses geometric laser cut patterns come alive when worn during the day and at night.
Based on the concept of a moire, a secondary and visually evident superimposed pattern is created when two patterns are overlaid, Wisp is an outfit fit for day and night that illuminates its wearer turning her into art. During the day, minimal movements and rotations generate unexpected patterns and visuals from the superposition of the dresses layers. Environmental factors, such as wind and gravity augment the fabrics movements while sunlight creates sparkling shadows.
The dress transforms at night. Light patterns are projected outward as its wearer turns into a beautiful and abstract light. At night, directional LEDs are worn on the legs generating an aurea of organic geometry in permanent transformation alerting passerby's of her presence as well as lighting the way through the dark. Light visualizes and amplifies all movements transforming the space, creating confusion between light/shadow as well as fabric/space.
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