Imaginary Mom

ImaginaryMom

Who was my mother?Who could she be?What did she look like?Did she look like me? What did I inherit?Her eyes?Her mouth?Her face? It’s a mystery that I carryIt’s a mystery that followsUsing my imaginationMy imagination that draws the body of my mother Who was my mother?Who could she be?What did she look like?Did she look like me?

Design Academy Eindhoven
Graduation 2021

Photography Eliott Tsaramaro
Assistent stylist Elisa Petit
Print Peter van Ede

With this project, I touched upon the subject of adoption. Adoption itself can be a difficult and sensitive subject, because it has many complexities that come with it.  Especially when growing up, a lot of questions are being raised: ‘Where do I come from?' Who were my parents and who do I look like?'As I am adopted myself, I used my imagination, my inner innerchild to draw and wonder how my biological mother could look like, based on characteristics that I might have inherited. I answered this question by creating multiple playful characters and captured this in a series of colourful portraits.

Serious
Mom

In my imagination she is so seriousPeople might perceive her as coldAn old soul, a block of ice that hasn’t melt A trophy for the most serious face she wonThat face, what’s going on?

Dance
Mom

In my imagination she is an energetic dancerHer glittery make up, her sparkly fringy dress, shaking from side to sideThe women that’s dancing trough lifeNot even embarrassed by her wild movesEveryone wants to be part of her groove.

Nigerian Queen
Mom

In my imagination she is a Nigerian Queen who is the greatest, the mightiest of them all.A heart of gold, confidence from head to toe.She obviously knows how to pull off a show. With her glowing brown skin, her beautiful eyes, her plump lips,a dazzling blue dress she will parade the world like an amazon.

Fairy
Mom

In my imagination she is a lively fairy.Flying around with her lovely wings, high so high in the sky.She is living her dream that’s why. Eyes that bigAnd her lips that makes you wanting to be kissed.With a dress that makes her like a flower.A flower so beautiful that one will never miss

Witty
Mom

In my imagination she is wittyBefore you know it, she already had her goWith her brainy jokery Strutting trough life with her funny face and lovely dresswith her two little dinosaur friendson her side.

Chaotic
Mom

In my imagination she can be chaotic.Forgetful at timesWearing her hair like it hasn’t been combed for ages, With the expression “I don’t know where to find it! I don’t know what to do! She might come off a bit strange Half dressed up and half in pyjamas with her shoes untiedHow is she able to manage herself like this all day long? 

Life size mothers!

Many thanks to Peter van Ede, for realising the prints.


Projects


THE PSYCHEDELIC DREAM
OF THE ANCIENT MOSQUE

PRODUCT DESIGN

A collection of concept shoes inspired by a psychedelic dream.

INNER
GODS

FORECAST DESIGN

This forcast is a reaction and example of how one could express their convictions and blieves. By creating new characters and give them a new meaning of symbolism expressed in an audio visual.

BODY/SHAPE RESEARCH/TEXTILE
DESIGN

A collection of concept shoes inspired by a psychedelic dream.

PRODUCT DESIGN

VENDOR focuses on the street vendors of Lagos. Often they walk along the road or even through busy traffic, carrying a lot of goods for sale on their heads, hands, arms or shoulders.

 


ALTERATION AND
DECONSTRUCTION

TEXTILE DESIGN / TEXTILE RESEARCH

Alteration Deconstruction is focussing on the process of the build up of human  the skin.


SHOES FOR
ALLIGATORS

PRODUCT DESIGN

Shoes For Alligators is a project that aims for a statement about the use of animal skin for leather goods. It acts as a respond on how young alligators are being treated in alligator farms.


MAN-MADE
VOLUME

FORECAST DESIGN

Men-made Volume is a project where the image of men’s outer wear is being questioned. By researching the possibilities, on how one could customise or make the men’s outerwear more playful.


BECOMING
NOMADIC

FORECAST DESIGN

With the starting point of protection, Becoming Nomadic is a project where I created three pieces of experimental drapes out of unusual materials to see in which ways I could protect the body in an experimental way.


THE PSYCHEDELIC DREAM
OF THE ANCIENT MOSQUE

PRODUCT DESIGN


INNER
GODS

FORECAST DESIGN
BODY/SHAPE RESEARCH/TEXTILE
DESIGN
PRODUCT DESIGN


ALTERATION AND
DECONSTRUCTION

TEXTILE DESIGN


SHOES FOR
ALLIGATORS

PRODUCT DESIGN


MAN-MADE
VOLUME

FORECAST DESIGN


BECOMING
NOMADIC

FORECAST DESIGN