SO MINT! Crimes against Nature by Shayli Harrison and Sophia de Groot
Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp
SO MINT! is a series of posts on fresh graduates in fashion, jewellery and design from around the world. Handpicked by Current Obsession.
August 20, 2018
For her graduate collection ‘Crimes against Nature’, fashion designer Shayli Harrison collaborated with a jewellery designer Sophia de Groot on a general theme of ecosexuality.
Shayli Harrison: “Ecosexuality is about treating nature as your lover. Or looking at what you and nature have as a relationship. Perhaps, in that way, if we see it as something reciprocal, then we might stop abusing it. Just viewing the environment as another living entity, which you can take it as far as you want. Some ecosexuals perform marriage rituals with the dirt, the ocean or the sun, for some it is very much a kink and for others it is simply a filter through which they view their relationship with the environment. For this collection I created a character that embodied my own love affair with nature: she is an Australian, white-trash goddess with a fetish for mother earth.”*
Sophia de Groot: “With my pieces I wanted to create an element of kink in her collection. I worked with laserwelded steel wire, ballchain, synthetic zirconia and sequins that twirl around while moving, like leaves or drops in nature.”