Three-week project done at Nuvu Studio in February 2017.
Relevant skills: Rhinoceros/Grasshopper, laser cutting.
Collaborators: Nina Cragg and Nya Rudek.
Jerron Herman is a dancer, creative, and activist based in New York. He is a key member in Heidi Latsky Dance, a company currently exploring disability identity in their ongoing project ON DISPLAY. The project consists of living sculpture galleries created with real people and performed in public spaces. My collaborators and I were put in contact with Jerron to design a sculptural wearable for him.
Through the process of getting to know Jerron, we connected with what he described as a need to create space for himself in the everyday world as someone with a disability. Our final design ended up conveying this concept through the ability of the wearable to be "expanded" or "contracted" at the users will. The wing, made of Rowlux film "petals" attached to a cloth harness, uses meticulous mechanical connections to allow the wing to be able to stand up or lie completely flat to the skin.
Performed in NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York Hilton Midtown, Whitney Museum & High Line, Brooklyn Museum, and other venues.