Okay, we gotta admit; these are pretty cool filters. There's plenty of trippy art on Instagram, and a myriad of filters, so when you put the two together the end result is nothing short of impressive. Especially when backed by Korean eyewear label Gentle Monster. In the brand's latest project to 'explore the endless possibilities of eyewear' 'by questioning the definition and nature of eyewear', it's safe to say they've achieved the objective of breaking away from conventional sunglasses. Taking it digitally, the series of collaborations features nine global artists.
Daisy May Collingridge
"I find the human form in all its variation a constant inspiration. I also spend time studying animal forms as well. Each piece is a study of anatomy combined with fantasy and the exploration of the fabric itself. I love the way fabric responds to movement. It has similar characteristics to skin; the way it stretches and hangs and the cruel fact that it wears out and will not last forever."
"I designed ‘Thinking of Glasses’ with a sensitive space in mind that connects ears, nose and eyes, adding layers to hide a face but reveal an identity."
"I work with moulding & casting techniques, so the most important part of my work is having a mould to work from. In my case, that always will be a mould made from a human body. Since this project with Gentle Monster is a personal project, I’ve used a mould from my own face."
"The shape of the ‘VR goggles’ has been extended as a visualization of function, but the original function and use of the goggles has changed. It does not function."
"My work often deals with elements from the natural world and how to blur the lines between them – to create a deliberate ambiguity. While I am making a mask there is usually a sweet spot where I can’t quite tell exactly what it is: part human, part animal, part flower, part sea-creature, half real, or half CGI."
"I'm always drawn to wildlife, and constantly consider the way we relate to different species and how our actions affect animals around the world. For the masks, I often photograph the finished work worn in very human environments, invoking the sense of displacement that many species are experiencing."
"Items that fit within that colour story were then arranged together, and the story of the piece began to emerge. I liked the juxtaposition of the reptiles with the floral elements, and the eyeglasses became a portal into the imaginary world I was creating. Items then went through various forms of transformation through melting, cutting apart, and gluing together to create final facial sculpture."
"The opening and closing of our eyes, which opens the outside world to us visually. Its very pureness and fragility. That’s why I decided to create a thing which protects the eyes like a shield but opening like a flower."
"When this project first began to unfold, we chose ‘light’ as our inspiration. The idea that light could be physically shaped and touched was very intriguing. We were able to come up with both the experimental eyewear and concept of the project at the same time. The strength in numbers creates an optimistic and energetic aura, which is also the source of our inspiration. We’re each other’s inspirations."