I’m a designer researching relationships that we have with products but also, relationships that those products enable or disable us to have; this includes emotional durability,  value systems and consumption patterns. I want to understand what makes us feel fulfilled and map possibilities for more satisfying futures. I look at how environments, people, feelings, objects and materials come together through stories. My main focus is on what we wear.

I engage with speculative, critical design. Still, as much as I see myself as a ‘futurist’, I’m also a ‘presentis’ putting a conscious effort to stay with the trouble and appreciate the world as it appears to me now.

Feel free to get in touch at aniela.fw@yahoo.com.

               




































Garment Study //


Every garment has a story and I’m on board with the idea that every story you wear becomes your own, whether consciously or not. I documented my stream of consciousness from 50 days of self-isolation during covid-19 pandemic and made it into textile. It’s ugly, pretty, funny, silly, sad and happy in the same time. It is an attempt to employ my everyday emotional labour towards validating my thoughts by crafting them into a piece of emotional couture.

Fashion is a political tool and an important part of human validation. Identity, belief, and aspirations can all be expressed through clothing. Instead, we search ourselves in this idealistic and despotic fashion system first, without reflecting upon our desires - in my case integrity, openness, and love.

⁣⁣The age of social media has encouraged us to be more expressive, but also to prioritise consistent personal branding over organic human nature and the right to change. Humans are multifaceted and this strict narrative screws us up. In our increasingly homogenised and polarised world, we’ve been trained to believe that our non-linear feelings are a burden to others, and that only constant bliss is desirable. But it’s necessary to create a space for being honest with our emotions if we wish to better relate to one another. There is hope and beauty in our shared complexity. I speculate that suppressed emotional expression serves as the latest, most coveted form of authenticity, and one that can be explored through interaction with clothing, the ultimate form of self-projection to the world.

2020