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Chimera by Shai Langen Manipulates Latex and Calcium Nitrate

 - Jul 10, 2014
References: shailangen & dezeen
'Chimera' is the name of the graduation project by Shai Langen, a student at the HKU Utrecht School of Arts. The unusual textile project involved creating new materials with combinations of liquid latex and calcium nitrate, experimenting with the viscosity of the two materials.

As a result, the unique collection consists of garments that were formed by different ways of dripping the material onto surfaces. The new textile looks like the organic cellular structures found in nature, making the pattern totally irregular. To wear, the finished material is described as "a colored, fermented dough that is smeared over the body then stretched and pulled apart by movements of the wearer." In a sense, Langen's garments, much like those who are wearing it are alive and in motion.