The inspiration for this project was based on my army service as a journey to me. I served the IDF as a medic and took a 3-month course which contained different studies: a first aid course, cpr, body anatomy, iv injections, pharmacology and field dressing which we used to practice all on each other.  Learning the different types of bandages was fascinating to me since we used the same strip of folded cloth wrapped, tied and knotted in multiple ways to create different bandages for different body parts and limbs.   The outfit was inspired by the different field dressing techniques and therefore I created a tailored jacket wrapping the body and tied into a large knot. The shirt is “closed” in a modern way both in the back and the shoulders, creating a sophisticated modern look.  In order to create the outfit I used different materials. For the top I used white and a soft-red checkered viscose, for jacket I used wool crêpe with white cotton lining embroidered with black polka dots, and for the pants I pleated synthetic crêpe to create the same “fold marks” of the cloth used as bandage after usage.   
       
     
 The inspiration for the wedding dress started from choosing a home at random and determining what type of persona lives there by studying the overall style and interior decoration of the home.   The home I chose is located in Malibu California and is a Stunning architectural house with walls of retracting glass open to breathtaking ocean and mountain views, with a indoor outdoor feel. The interior design has aspects of art deco and Victorian elements.  The velvet sofas and coffee table have gold geometric frames that reminded me of the style and materials used in the design field during the roaring 20’s, the frames look like the façade of the empire state building, which was built at that time.   There is a warm feeling in the house that is provided by the usage of heavy materials such as velvet furniture and carpets, and natural color pallet that includes brown, beige and gold.  I used a golden brocade fabric for the dress and created rich contra-folds combined with hand bead embroidery that replaces some of the stiches in the dress. The top is made from two layers that include a corset with bones and are all hand sewn to each other.
       
     
 The starting point of this project was finding a persona that I find as a cultural hero. I chose the Frenchman Louis Braille who devised a writing system for the blind and visually impaired which was later named after him. Braille’s solution was to use 6-dot cells, and to assign a specific pattern of each letter of the alphabet. Braille characters are small rectangular blocks that contain tiny palpable bumps called raised dots.  I started my research at “the blind museum” based in Holon, Israel. I attended special exhibition named “dialogue in the dark” which is a worldwide exhibit that started in Germany, lead by blind guides that walk the visitors through designed spaces: a park, a noisy pedestrian crossing, a port, a market place, etc. this experience inspired me throughout this project.  After my visit at the museum I interviewed blind people working at this exhibition, which led me to continue my research at a library for the blind in Netanya, Israel. The library also prints braille books.   Paintings by Israeli contemporary artist Roy Nachum, which visually inspired me, often contain braille text, and thus allow the blind to experience his art in a unique way.  In order to create the outfit i used cotton for the buttoned shirt printed colorful floral brocade for the t shirt including a 3d embroidery that spells the quote “the only thing worse than being blind is having sight but now vision” by Hellen Keller. I used black scuba for the jacket, and thin wool in navy blue for the pants and with laser cut braille lettering.    
       
     
 In this project I researched the traditional jewish talit (a woven fringed rectangle shaped garment worn by religious men, and the teffilin (a small set of small black leather boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with verses from the torah).   The tallit and teffilin are both worn while praying from the age of 13. The tallit is worn over the clothes and covers the top part of the body while the teffilin leather strips are wrapped around the hand fingers and head in circular motions in order to keep the boxes close and secured to the body while praying.    The top is hand woven, and combines different materials such as leather, wool and nylon, creating a asymmetrical stripe design that may appear as a design on the tallit.  The jacket is machine knitted and designed on “stoll” (knitting design software) and is draped in a rectangle shape, it is worn similarly to the tallit and is put on the body and kept on by putting the hands through the garment. The pants are made of faux leather and are laser cut on the hemline.     
       
     
 In this age of media we find ourselves communicating indirectly with one another. The different social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat allow us to communicate in a way that we can share information, photos and different interests and at the same time we can decide what we don’t want to expose or share, and thus edit and crop the information and eliminate what we others know about us.  I took inspiration from the different social network layouts and created a grid pattern that looks like the Instagram’s format. The jacket I created has to layers and works on a smart sensor that detects the amount of network packets (communication traffic) in the radius of several meters away creating movement in the different grid frames according to the amount of packets in the air.  I used navy wool fabric and nude wool crêpe for the jacket, and flex printed crepe for the dress.    
       
     
 In this project the design and prints are inspired by the biological process of photosynthesis which is the process used by plants, algae and certain bacteria to harness energy from sunlight into chemical energy.  I researched the process in flowers in particular and so i created digital printed lycra with machine computer-planned embroidery as a simulate the rays of light.      
       
     
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