Second Skin, 2016, Latex, leather, shellac flake, linen thread
Second Skin takes a speculative approach to fashion, cutting through repurposed materials. Working mainly with sourced leather off cuts deemed unusable, the material is re-imagined to work in symbology with the human body. Stretching, layering and wrinkling dry and wet latex take on a natural form reminiscent of the skin being referenced.
Second Skin is an examination of current fashion practices, and uncovers opportunity for a more environmentally conscious industry. By casting organic latex directly to the human form, it references the relationship shared between consumers and their geological constructs. Layers of wet latex are run over dried latex sheets, with hands run through for a wrinkled surface effect, concurrently visualizing the human ‘imprint’ on our surrounding landscape.
Like edges of scrap leather patterns are joined to create unique silhouettes, and interesting movement. Stimulated by traditionally crocheted granny squares, strips of recycled leather are cut, and stitched together into a long yarn-like piece; later crocheted into a hood, with all parts of the leather wastes designed into the garment.
As all humans are unique, in age, size, colour and disposition so are the pieces cut together. This is Second Skin.
Jordana Halperin’s work takes a theoretical approach to fashion practices, analysing the relationship between fashion and the human form, along with the relative impact of the industry on surrounding landscapes. Using latex works and recycled leather scraps cast and sewn directly to the body, a second layer of skin is created, uncovering the primitive nature of fashion as a byproduct of anatomical evolution. Through applying thoughtfully sourced organic compounds, Halperin offers a sustainable and socially responsible approach to developing unique textiles, working symbiotically with the natural world. Leather offcuts are repurposed into new life, as they are designed into garments with zero waste thereafter. Halperin is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) at RMIT, and operating product development for Alabama Blonde (Berlin, Germany), where her work investigates social influence on the wider ecological system. This consciousness for our surrounding environment expands to our surrounding peers, encouraging wider community representation within fashion advertising and more ethical industry relations worldwide.