MICHAEL ERIC WEIGHTMAN
Range name: RAW CITY: A CANVAS OF PARADOX
Social media: @michaelerics
Amongst the myriad of sights and sounds within the city we find ourselves absorbed in a multitude of emotions and instincts. The city possesses a kind of energy that cannot be seen in any other landscape in the world. This inspires the collection as I seek to offer a perpetual link to the experience of an urban environment. From a birds- eye-view the city has a seemingly perfect grid-like structure. However, once within the physical space of the city, the perfection disappears into a raw expansion of dirt, rubbish, danger, and intense energy. This creates a catalytic phenomenon: a super- imposition of garments, patterns and cultural reference as a visual maneuver suited to concurrently blending in and standing out within the city (Beckwith, 2010). The city becomes a global playground for the youth and a multitude of cultures, creating a kind of duality as each group sets aim of the collection is to comment on this duality through design and capture the juxtaposition of perfection and organization to the raw attitude of the city. A vision of a group of smartly dressed people amid the dirt and grime of the city comes to mind as a semantical attempt to represent this juxtaposition. The physicality and emotion of the city will be represented by the design elements within the pieces and includes links to the texture and working/decorative details of the garments.