As we experience a societal reconfiguration in which more and more women accomplish financial and behavioral independence, whilst medical science reaches places it’d never gone before, we witness a new relation to maternity take place, one that allows women choice and control over their bodies.
When you look into the work of designer Yaz Whitlock, you can’t help but notice the dichotomy: elements of fertility and celebrations of the placenta are blended into symbols of birth control.
The ambivalence doesn’t stop there. As she discloses about fertility and nurturing through the contemplation of Lambs, we observe a beautifully disturbing anthropomorphic figure take form, yet its construction resembles a human spine and its textures look anything but organic.
Her enticing textile work is based on the articulation of deteriorated, dyed, patch-worked and knitted condoms, as well as bioplastic treated materials, hybridized onto actual satin-like fabrics, giving birth to looks that always seem to have already taken shape, but are amidst the process of giving shape to something else.
The finishings also seem polished and industrialized, alongside everyday functional elements, like pockets and belt straps. Moreover, a harness baby-carrier made out of leather and condom knits creates a fascinating yoke of unsureness.
Central Saint Martins