The following project investigates the influence of technology on our lives, specifically the alienating effect of communication technology on human individuals. Communication technology has an unbelievable influence on the lives of people, especially the younger generations (Naisbitt 2001). The hypothesis of this project was that the increased use and reliance on gadgets such as smartphones (Katz 2003) affects a decrease in face-to-face social interaction and empathy, creating a world of virtual interactions and loneliness instead (Turtle 2015).
The discovery of social photographer Eric Pickersgill inspired the design development further. His sociological work focuses on taking photographs of people completely absorbed by their phones in the eerie atmosphere this creates. This effect was further reinforced by digitally removing the phones out of the subjects' hands to draw attention to the absurdity of these situations (Pickersgill 2016)-
What stood out the most was the interesting negative space that was created between the distracted bodies. Tracing this shape and then applying it to sketches of the female figure in different ways created interesting silhouette ideas. I then further visualised the absence of a real object (such as a relationship) by using shadow drapes to create further design ideas.
The collection features eye-catching stitched details, even in its illustrations. Main focus was to use the traces silhouettes to create an alluring and intricate look that is both inspired and points to the source of information.