BREAK THE ICE
The space I took inspiration from for this project was a misty and silent view over a frozen lake surrounded by white skies in January. It was a place where I felt lonely, and loneliness became the theme for this knit and digital print project. The space I chose to work with in Swedish Textile and Fashion Center is the space outside the auditorium on the second floor, where conferences are often held. It is a place where one is expected to mingle, small talk and to have social interaction with co-workers and strangers during the coffee break. It is my belief that loneliness is common in these conference environments, and that it is easy to feel out of place there. The aim of my project is to create comfort for the lonely in these situations by using fantasy and recognition as a tool to break the ice between strangers and create a more open atmosphere in the room. Loneliness is created by not knowing the people around you, and that the definition of knowing someone is to dare to show one's crazy side to each other. We does not dare to show that beautiful weirdness that we all have inside, the crazy things that makes each person unique because it is threatening the world's view on normality. The only thing that can give us the courage to show it is if somebody else shows their craziness first, if someone else dares to break the shell containing their true personality. I believe that this side of us is strongly connected to our imagination, and that one could speed up the process of breaking the ice by introducing a fantasy element into a space of strangers. I have taken inspiration from a social event with many fantasy elements, the mad hatters tea party from Alice in Wonderland. I also believe that a lonely person would find it comforting to see a familiar face, or to see one self among the people he or she loves, and I want to bring the familiarity of looking through photo albums seeing one self among family and friends into the space.