A Collection That Fuses Seams Together With Heat Not Thread

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Neoprene fabric has been enjoying the spotlight for quite a few seasons now but not quite like this.  You see, for Norwegian designer Zita Merényi’s new Provo-CUT Collection, heat was used to fuse the edges of grey neoprene fabric.  This in turn, gave the plastic-based material ‘scar lines’ rather than seams.image

Merényi told Dezeen, ‘This is a coat collection (row 1) where I use soldering instead of tailoring lines, which looks like scars, reflecting on the long term and temporary traces of mankind on the Planet Earth + on their own body, like scarification tattoos.’

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‘These scar lines generate very new forms, which are plastic, sculptural, + look beautiful + strange at the same time,’ said Merényi, adding ‘I injure the textiles but then I heal up the cut holes with a paint layer’ (don’t you just love that?).

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Besides creating raised lines across oversized jackets, another technique used was creating handmade incisions, described by Merényi as a ‘laborious but soothing process’.  The green dress actually has 8,000 incisions, demanding ’a slow workflow’ but still ‘very meditative’.

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Smaller incisions formed  diagonal + vertical patterns across the front of two satin dresses (last image), while leaf shapes growing larger towards the hem, covered an ankle-length gown as shown below right.  I just love all the skin that is exposed yet obscured by all of the lines created by Merényi in the dress above right.

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More detailed patterns were created by laser cutting, another technique used by Merényi.

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(via dezeen)

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